Well Dave, I guess I'm gonna have to say Anyone's code 80. However that isn't quite true, I much prefer Atlas code 80 but I'm using Model Power code 80 for tangent track because it's cheaper, but trying to curve it is like bending pipe so I use Atlas for all my curves.
Well I will add my own reply. I have used several manufactures C80 but mostly Atlas and never liked it. It was always too stiff and too difficult to straighten back out once curved.
I have not used other manufactures C55 but I have used Atlas. I understand that Peco is more like code 80 with part of the rail buried in the ties. While others claim that is great it seems like that would make it as difficult to work with as code 80. Perhaps even more so due to the extra rib of rail and with so much rail buried in the tie.
So for me it is code 55 Atlas which has significantly improved my track laying ecperience for its durability and flexibility. Oh yes, it looks great too. (We will not discuss the switches which IMHO look good but suck!)
I did my research for code 55 about 6 months before Atlas 55 was announced, and bought a lifetime supply of Peco 55 flex and assorted turnouts. I only have 1 module of Atlas 80 left to replace. At that time I also converted my roster to low profile wheels, THEN found out that the pizza cutters run just fine on Peco 55.
If ever there was a flextrack made that required a conduit bender to lay, its Peco. But I have to admit it is bulletproof once it's down!
I have used it all at one time or another... My current favorite is hands down the new Atlas code 55 Why: it looks good it is easy to lay it creates wonderfull transitions curves on its own it makes you to sexy for your track the turouts are smooth as silk it looks good i can afford it
For prototypical look it has got to be Atlas Code 55. There is still the question of long-term durability. Currently my choice would be Peco but then again the Atlas Code 55 has not been around long enough to judge durability.
quote:Originally posted by Cowcatcher
1) Anyones Code 80 2) Peco Code 55 3) Atlas Code 55 4) Kato Unitrack 5) Bachmann or LL Unitrack Like 6) Code 40 7) Other