I've reached the point in my layout (my first *real* layout, with scenery, etc.) where the track has given me two problems. 1) It's just not prototypical at all, especially the tie spacing. If they made Code 80 with closer ties, I'd just look into that. The rail height doesn't bother me too much. But Code 55 is so enticing for both reasons. 2) The sectional track I used was because I didn't have enough flex track and flex was so difficult for me to get right (cutting, holding in place, etc.) as a relative newbie. So the sectional track was more convenient and plentiful. It's also really old, so it's full of dents, nicks and other things I'm having to constantly contend with, especially running the limited-pickup Atlas 4-4-0s. It's just a 3x3 layout with one main line around the edges, one short siding, and one small branch line. Maybe 16-17 feet of track at most. Would buying and installing new flex track give me better results over the old sectional track? I know it'll look better (ME track is the front runner right now) but I don't want to go through all this for barely noticeable improvement. I also figure that if I need to solder the track together, I might as well do it fewer times with flex track. I know I'm kind of asking for it from the "do what works best for you, there is no correct answer" crowd, but I'm looking for sincere opinions on this matter. I may not get to build my dream layout any time soon, so this is likely going to be my only one for now. I want to make it as good as can be.