Metal Rails by ME-Models
Kickstarter: ME Models Railway System
It has been quite for a while. Now ME-models has started a kickstarter project to make various track radii in metal and plastic track which is fully compatible to LEGO train track …
Update: Funded! The Kickstarter project was successfully funded May 17th.
Review (May 2011)
After 5 weeks my first order at ME-Models has arrived from the USA. I ordered five boxes "Metal Rails - Gray (Box) [ME900G]" each 19,99 US$. The grand total including shipping was just below 100 Euro which was paid easily by PayPal.
Each box ME900G contains 12 metal rails (16 studs long), 12 darkgrey rail connections and 18 real 2x8 LEGO plates.
- More at the website (including shopping, metal rails seems to be sold out at the moment (March 2012)) www.me-models.com
- ME-Models products are sold in Europe by http://www.brickshop.nl/
I am not selling any ME-Models products by myself. I also do not organise any mass orders.
Building instructions are not needed to put the pieces together. To guarantee a better power supply you can add aluminium foil tape underneath each rail connection. This foil tape comes within each box.
I didn't use it during my testing and it was not necessary. The power supply was Ok all over the test loop.
An ICE train with 9V train motor runs on standard 9V track and on Metal Rails without a problem – YouTube Video
Due to the new rail connection from ME both standard 9V LEGO track and ME Metal Rails are perfectly connected to each other.
Using old 4,5V LEGO rails you need some offset tricks, but LEGO trains can run on them without problems.
The aluminium rails from ME are fixed very tight on the sleepers. While taking them apart you'll need some power and unfortunatelly some marks will remain on the studes on your LEGO plates.
This close-up shows a 9V train wheelset on ME Metal Rails. Maybe not ideal as on standard 9V track but I couldn't see any difference while watching the trains running. The shape of the ME Metal Rails is identical to the shape of old blue/grey LEGO rails.
Long Curves can be build using Metal Rails by ME without a problem.
Long curves really require space. But ME-Models has allready announced new radii for train rails. I am excited …