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Re: A touch of Scotch
« Reply #45 on: May 29, 2018, 02:14:27 pm »
I would lay the crossover first. That gives you a good anchor to radiate the rest of the layout from.

With regards the signal box, you may wish to consider a platform based one, not at all unheard of in Scotland.

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Re: A touch of Scotch
« Reply #46 on: May 29, 2018, 03:13:18 pm »
Can anyone post a link to some cork for track bed purposes. Just want to compare the two types.

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Re: A touch of Scotch
« Reply #47 on: May 29, 2018, 03:31:00 pm »

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Re: A touch of Scotch
« Reply #48 on: May 29, 2018, 03:35:34 pm »
Consider it done...........

http://www.charlescantrill.com/shop/model-railway/


Thanks. How about curves in cork? Do you just cut them out of a square sheet? What thickness and width are best for N?
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Re: A touch of Scotch
« Reply #49 on: May 29, 2018, 03:44:46 pm »
So I am all ready to start laying track. Does anyone else get nervous at this stage or is it just me?

I am going to be using woodland scenic track bed, so my thought is to lay track bed first and then track. Any thoughts on if I should lay the curved track first or the straights? Any other tips/advice that might help me?

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Dave


As you're using code 55 I'd ensure I have all the right tools to hand. My preference would be for:-

Xuron track cutters
Safety goggles (small offcuts whizzing about your ears can be dangerous)
Some needle files
A full set of Tracksettas (including a straight one)
Plenty of metal and nylon rail joiners (and the knowledge of where to site the nylon ones)
Some way of fixing the track in place before ballasting. This could be track pins, map pins or screws - your choice.
A swear box (believe me - you'll be able to afford a new loco when you've finished)

I tend to lay pointwork first and then move outwards from there.

Consider it done...........

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Thanks. How about curves in cork? Do you just cut them out of a square sheet? What thickness is best for N?



It's been ages since I used cork but I believe the best way is to have the cork under the track in 2 x lengthways pieces as you can actually curve them providing the radius is not too tight.
Your choice of ballast shoulder decrees what thickness but just remember you need the same thickness under buildings/platforms etc

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Re: A touch of Scotch
« Reply #50 on: May 30, 2018, 03:04:24 pm »
Thanks, local model shop had a couple of types of cork, went for the gaugemaster cork, the unballasted one. Looks ok and has fixed my spacing problem.

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Re: A touch of Scotch
« Reply #51 on: June 04, 2018, 01:42:58 pm »
Am driving myself nuts about track bed. In the pick below would I be right in just laying straight bits in the red box, but to curve the track bed in the yellow box?




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Re: A touch of Scotch
« Reply #52 on: June 04, 2018, 03:51:35 pm »
If you're using individual track width underlay just lay straights in the red box and between the points of the crossover (just cut the ends diagonally off the short piece between the points.)
In the yellow box just run straights and then when you lay a straight piece for the siding or wherever that line goes, just cut the end diagonally so it meets the straight properly.
If you're using sheet material then place rectangles of it under each point and trim away what you don't need.

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Re: A touch of Scotch
« Reply #53 on: June 05, 2018, 07:10:27 pm »
Have finally started laying some track bed. It seems to go down ok, just pva glue seems to work.




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Re: A touch of Scotch
« Reply #54 on: June 05, 2018, 09:07:28 pm »
Would I be right in thinking I need to leave a little more space between the rails on the curves?

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Re: A touch of Scotch
« Reply #55 on: June 05, 2018, 09:15:04 pm »
The tracks look a little close to me.  Normal PW spacings should be about 25mm (from centre to centre) but with model railway curve radii, 30mm might be more appropriate on curves.
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Re: A touch of Scotch
« Reply #56 on: June 05, 2018, 09:17:45 pm »
The tracks look a little close to me.  Normal PW spacings should be about 25mm (from centre to centre) but with model railway curve radii, 30mm might be more appropriate on curves.

Thanks, 26mm between the straight tracks, have measured the curves and 27mm, so will edge them away from each other to 30mm. Thought i would ask before laying track bed.

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Re: A touch of Scotch
« Reply #57 on: June 08, 2018, 07:10:02 pm »
Just a couple of pics of my progress re the track bed so far. If anyone sees anything wrong, please let me know.






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Re: A touch of Scotch
« Reply #58 on: June 09, 2018, 01:57:57 pm »
I have come across one minor glitch. The space between my inner line and branch line is only 60mm. So rules out a few stations I like. I could put it on the outer line where I have 80mm. So question I have is can it be on either line, or is it practice to put the station on a specific side?

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Re: A touch of Scotch
« Reply #59 on: June 19, 2018, 01:59:49 pm »
Hit a slight snag with trackbed as the cork underlay and woodland scenic stuff are different height, so ordered some rolls of cork and know all trackbed down in scenic and non scenic areas. Next step is track laying.

On a side note picked up a box full of Railway Modellers from late 60's to mid 70's, all in very good condition. Will be good to look back at old layouts and maybe pick up a tip or two. 

 

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