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Hello guys just dropping in to get the "slotcar" perspective on a project of mine. I have a 5x9 HO train set up and running and instead of doing the usual and installing fake autos for scenery I thought slotcars would be fun and interesting for my town's roadways.

I am looking for advice on which company's set up to get as they are universal. It would be a fairly simple set. Something with the usual cross over, an overpass or two for the train tracks, a grade crossing or two, one of them hairpin turns (I just must incorporate that piece) and a lap counter.

Lifelike makes a section of slotcar track with a railroad crossing in it. Since they also make model railroad equipment they seem a logical choice. Are their slotcars decent? Is their version of an HO slotcar a decent size?

Also, do I understand once I have the track I can still pretty much buy what ever GNX or tractor trailer HO slot car I see on ebay and have it run at the risk of it being a slightly different size?

Thanks guys
 

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MINIC CARS - Triang 1960/70's

full selection of track parts integrating slot and track.

Some parts are very cheap ... however the track with train and slot do seem to command decent money..

Have a look on Ebay UK.
 

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Most ''HO'' cars are rather large. For example the AFX GT40 MKII is 34.5mm wide, making it 1/53rd scale in that direction.

The Life-like cars are 1/58th scale or so.

The other things is speed, unless you track down Aurora Vibrators (yes, there really were cars called that):



They will be too fast for the trains by some long way.

I take you are based in the USA?
 

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Have a look at Faller AMS track. This was originally concieved to complement Faller HO railways. You can run T-jets or Faller cars on it and many european and US bodies are avaliable (as well as buses). The track can be picked up in job lots on ebay in germany and if you avoid boxed stuff it is not so expensive. Faller cars however are expensive but you can pick up T-jets for a reasonable price.

This site is a good start

http://www.everyoneweb.com/falleramsautos/
 

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Thank you all for the tips. I sure am in the United States. In fact the middle of it, St Louis. I lurked the forum for a bit without picking up on the British accent but do not worry, last custom T-shirt I made featured HMS Warspite 03!

The Faller cars look nice. There are even a couple pieces in the Walthers Model Railroad catalogs I receive. The slotcars seem relatively cheap though.

Thanks for the tips. I'll post some pics when I get it running.
 
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