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Using new Marklin track with old Metal track?

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Using new Marklin track with old Metal track?

I have a Marklin HO scale starter set from 1967 when I was a kid. I would like to expand for my grandchildren. I understand the track has changed. Can I buy new track and transitional pieces to use the old track also? Your starter set will have the track with a metal roadbed. We now refer to it as M-track. The Marklin H0-track types which are being used now are the K-track, and the C-track. Both track styles have transition track pieces, so that they can be used with each other, and also with the older style M-track. Most...

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Marklin wiring colors and track connections

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Marklin wiring colors and track connections

Can you tell me what wire colors I should use where? Here is some help with Marklin connections and color codings used on wiring. If you follow these same rules, it will make it easier for you to track and find faults later in your wiring.   Marklin Red and Brown Wires Used to connect power (the speed control AC power) to the track. - Red is for the center rail (marked B on the bottom) - Brown is for the outer two rails (marked O on the bottom).     Multiple power feeds On larger layouts, it is best to...

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Marklin C-Track Curves and Radii

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Marklin C-Track Curves and Radii

Can you explain what the Marklin curved track radii are? Marklin C-track uses 5 different radii. R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4 and R-5. They are color coded on their boxes. A standard track piece is 30 degrees, and it would take 12 pieces to make a full circle (30 degrees * 12 = 360 degrees). R-1 is 360mm (approx 14-11/64 inches) R-2 is 437.5mm (approx 17-7/32 inches) R-3 is 515mm (approx 20-9/32 inches) R-4 is 579.3mm (approx 22-13/16 inches) R-5 is 643.6mm (approx 25-11/32 inches)   Marklin C-track curve geometry

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