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How To Connect Lionel FasTrack with O-27

I currently have a large floor layout, with one section made of FasTrack, and the two other loops made out of Lionel O-27 track. You might be wondering, “How on earth did you do that?” How to connect Lionel FasTrack with O-27. Here are my tactics, and a few other tactics you can use if you want to do something similar.

1: Using a Transition Track

On one section of my layout, I have a FasTrack to O transition track. You can get these at To connect the transition track to O-27, I widened the rails of the track I was using just a little to accept the O gauge pins (Figure 1). This can easily be reverted back to normal by using track pliers to reshape the rail head into its original shape. You could also use a Menards FasTrack to O-27 transition track, which you can get at, but the difference is that the Menards track is an O-gauge tubular piece with FasTrack pins on one end, and O-gauge pins on the other. This still requires widening of the O-27 track rails.

Figure 1
Figure 1

2: Using a Regular Piece of FasTrack

At the other place on my layout where FasTrack connects to O-27, I use a regular piece of FasTrack because I do not have a second transition track. You do the same thing as before, widening the rails (Figure 2), and this is fixable too. FasTrack, however, has a center half-pin that might not reach the middle rail of the O-27 track. To bridge the electrical gap, either use a feeder wire or use a small piece of metal. If you do not like this option, there is one more.

Figure 2

3: Use O-Gauge Tubular Track

This approach is self-explanatory. If you do not want to widen the rails of your track, use O-gauge tubular track where your layout requires tubular track. This does not allow the sharp turns that O-27 allows, however.

I hope you have liked this article. I hope that your problems with connecting FasTrack with O-27 are solved. Stay tuned for future articles by me.

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