your trains on the rite track with
Llagas Creek Railways.
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Contact: William Mai ~ 443-506-1008 Cell ~ 410-827-6655 Home ~ 410-524-0725 Ocean City, MD
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was established in 1987 by Gary Broeder, out of the need for a more
priced track system for the gauge 1 Garden Railroader. In 1988 Llagas
the first US prototype gauge 1 flex track, and currently offers 3
style tie strips and 4 rail types. Our products are in use across the
from Alaska to Florida, New York to Hawaii and in the UK, Japan,
Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and South Africa.
is now Research & Development Manager for Llagas Creek, while
William Mai is Manufacturing & Sales Manager. They have formed a
team to bring new and improved products to market and offer improved
delivery of the whole product line
you are planning
a new layout or an addition to an existing line, indoors or out, we
forward to quoting your requirements.
CREEK PRODUCT INFORMATION.
track is designed to look like US prototype trackage. All tie
are complete with cast in place tie plates, cast spike heads, and very
realistic wood grain. Our track is unique in that we offer
sized code 250 or 215 rail. In actual use for 12 years, we have found
this "scale sized" rail is just as reliable on garden railways as the
rail of other manufacturers. Code 250 rail is only 0.082 (82
of an inch) smaller than code 332. Careful design has ensured that all
of our tie strips provide plenty of flange clearance for reliable
with all currently manufactured Gauge 1 trains; Aristo Craft, Aster,
LGB, etc. Our tie strips are molded in modern UV resistant plastic that
is weatherproof in blazing Florida sun or freezing Alaska cold!
chart shows the relation of code 215 and code 250 to prototype rail.
"code" of model rail is the height in thousands of an inch. Code 250 =
0.250 or 1/4 inch. Note of interest: the size of prototype rail is
in pounds per yard.
250 = prototype lb/yd
is the largest
size rail used by railroads in the U. S.
215 = prototype lb/yd
Our 1:20.3 scale
gauge look" ties measure 3.8" long x 0.3" high x 0.4" wide. Ties are
at 10 to the foot and slightly offset side to side for that real
gauge" look. Although we designed this tie strip for 1:20.3 scale, many
of our customers think it looks great with their 1:22.5 (G) scale
as well. These ties accept our code 215 and 250 narrow base rail in
on prototype looking tie plates with random spike heads.
Our black "G"
3.5 " long x 1/4 high x 3/8 wide, and are spaced 12 ties to the foot.
ties accept our code 215 or 250 narrow base rail. The cast on tie plate
detail is per the prototype. Many of our customers use this tie strip
their Aristo Craft 1:29 scale trains.
Our 1:32 scale
gauge" ties measure 3.18" (8.5 Ft. scale) in length. Height and width
correctly scaled at .22" x .28" ( 7" x 9" ) Tie spacing is 20 to the
These ties accept our code 215 and 250 narrow base rail. Tie plate
is scaled from the prototype. This is the only accurately scaled U.S.
track available for 1:32 scale.
IS FLEX TRACK?
you to form curves to fit your railways unique design and location.
is no need to be limited by the use of fixed radius curves. Our rail
tie strips are available separately, allowing you to custom curve and
track to fit your needs. You may purchase assembled track where tangent
(straight) track or gentle curves are planned.
code 215 and 250 narrow base aluminum rails are both made of super
6061-T6 alloy. This alloy is close to mild steel in tensile strength.
rail has been successfully used for many years on both indoor and
track powered railways. To supply power to aluminum rail, feeder wires
may be soldered to our stainless steel or nickel-silver rail joiners.
of our customers who run live steam or battery powered radio control
are choosing aluminum rail due to it's low cost. The cost savings on a
layout of a few hundred feet will pay for a complete R/C battery &
and 250 narrow base nickel silver rails are of the finest quality and
made here in the U.S. with an 18 % nickel content. Nickel silver rail
preferred over brass due to it's electrically conductive oxide and low
maintenance. Indoors or out, nickel silver rail requires less cleaning
that brass rail and nickel silver will weather to a pleasing, realistic
A RAIL BENDER
track is flexible to a certain degree, all rail materials do have a bit
of spring to them, and as such, should be pre-curved to hold a given
This is especially true if you are planning to use the "floating" track
method as opposed to fastening the track down to wood battens, masonry
or concrete. It is possible to curve all of our rail using one's hands,
however, we recommend our improved Lindsay Rail Bender to quickly
smooth, consistent bends with ease. Use our rail bender to build your
sectional track with any radius you require. Imagine the possibilities!
Our rail bender can curve to less than a 3 inch radius for turntable
rails. Have a lot of rail to bend? Use our power adapter with an
drill to help the job to go quickly.
prototype, the "switch" is the part of a turnout that actually moves:
the points and the tie bar. Our
turnouts with solid plastic ties and stainless steel spikes are
for the black tie 1:22.5
"G" scale line and our brown tie 1:20.3
scale narrow gauge line. The 1:32
standard gauge line uses wooden ties that have been soaked in a
quality exterior grade brown stain. All of our turnouts use a solid
nickel-silver or silver brazed nickel-silver frog to ensure that short
wheel base locos will not stall, as they may do on plastic frogs. Our
metal frogs will provide years of smooth, trouble free performance. If
you require an isolated frog, we can build up turnouts using our
and guard rails are positioned to accept wheel sets made to the
practice" of 40 mm (1.575") back-to-back measurement.
turnouts feature the Tenmille
Ground Throw (TGT) as standard equipment.
remote turnout operation we recommend the E-Z Air system. We produce
the E-Z Air
(EZMM), a great looking plastic cover/holder which provides the
easiest and best looking way of installing the E-Z Air system
kits come gauged and spiked to a few small wooden ties, ready for
to spike to your ties. A tie bar is included, but no throw mechanism.
must install the tie bar and throw.
Rail Joiners (IRJ) are the nicest looking ones you will find with
nut and bolt detail cast into the brown plastic body. Insulated joiners
are required on live frog turnouts, reverse or balloon loops and
Y's when using track powered trains. Insulated joiners allow the block
type system of wiring to be used with separate electrical circuits for
sidings or branch lines. One advantage of the block system is that you
may park or run an electric loco on a siding while running another on
mainline. They may also be used to set up working signaling systems
if you are using battery or live steam power.
Blenders (RB) are small rail shaped castings of nickel-silver that
make it easy to connect code 250 rail to our code 215, or code 250 to
332 rail using standard rail joiners. These allow you to add Llagas
track products to an existing layout that uses code 332 rail or change
between rail sizes easily on an all Llagas Creek layout, such as using
code 250 for the mainline and code 215 for the sidings and spurs.
are now offering our Standard Gauge turnout ties separately. These are
cut from cedar and stained to match the Standard Gauge track ties.
Price is $0.95 each in any of the available lengths. We recommend our
Medium Spikes (MS) for use with these ties. These are listed under
Turnout Components on the Price List.
Llagas Creek Ground Throw is coming! These are internally sprung, and
will be offered singly and in multiple kits. Watch for it!