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Cost of Flex Track – Is it Expensive?

Bob wants to hear opinions from readers on the cost of flex track:

“In my old house I had a 4×16 layout. It was built in. We moved in April and I had to destroy it. My new basement is huge and I have set about designing a 10×16 foot HO layout. My prior layout I built using flex track on cork glued to plywood. I just recently priced HO flex track and it was $ 15 for 24 inches , this looks pretty expense if I have 2 scale miles of track on the board. Is this reasonable or am I just looking in all the wrong places?”

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7 Responses to Cost of Flex Track – Is it Expensive?

  • Bk Steckleinsays:

    eBay is where I bought mine. Atlas 100 36″ nickel silver 10pk and 25pk run about 4.00 per stick.

  • Ron Willettssays:

    Bob, I but almost all my model railroad items from two sources: Model Train Stuff and Hobbylinc. They have the most selection and best prices. Ron W

  • Tom Osterdocksays:

    I have found that “the toy crossing” has some pretty good prices. I bought my switches from them and my flex from Hobbylinc. I have to really look when buying though to make sure I am getting the best price. I don’t have a local hobby shop so internet it is. Hobbylinc is pretty fast.

  • Tom Osterdocksays:

    I forgot to mention that when pricing do not forget to add the shipping to the cost. I have found several times that sometimes I select the higher cost item that has free shipping. I found the free shipping was cheaper than the other item with shipping added.

  • Billsays:

    Bob,
    Don’t know who is selling flex track in 2 foot sections. Generally they are sold in 3 foot or 1 meter lengths. Price is as with most things a function of quality. Atlas will run you a little under $4.00 per section Peco and Micro Engineering in the $5.00 range. If you buy bulk you will get a slightly better price. What ever you go with try to stay with the same manufacturer throughout for all track and switches. All manufacturers class their track by code (83, 100, 70 etc). What varies is the tie thickness and rail thickness. Just another place for the derailing gremlins to hide if you mix manufacturers. So make sure your plan can be completed with track, switches, crossovers etc from one manufacturer.
    Have fun

    Bill

  • mikesays:

    I only use flex track i find it allows me the liberty to xo what I want. Ebay is my source 29.5 inches is the size in code 80 N scale usually $4,00

  • David STOKESsays:

    I think you might be getting “sold”. or maybe the stuff you’re discussing contains gold or platinum. As mentioned above $4 – $6 a “yard”.

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