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Offline mattcaney

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Track building
« on: April 24, 2017, 12:30:58 am »
Have track in place and tested whats the next stage have weathered rails. Ballast then nail track down ?

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Re: Track building
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2017, 05:12:42 am »
No point nailing track once you've ballasted, it won't go anywhere.

There's no right order really. I'd put all your signals in before ballasting.

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Re: Track building
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2017, 07:48:05 am »
Should you wire before ballasting, in case anything needs to be changed?  My soldering is so clumsy that a pile of ballast is often needed for camouflage!  :-[
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Re: Track building
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2017, 08:03:23 am »
It's much easier to solder track feeds, etc. before ballasting.
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Track building
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2017, 08:03:28 am »
Definitely do all your wiring before ballasting, AFAIK Matt's done that. I'd probably leave it a bit longer to make sure it all works though. 

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Re: Track building
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2017, 08:08:43 am »
If the track is set track and it's not going anywhere, then yes, no need to use pins at all.

I used pins on the sweeping flex track curves on the branchline of my layout, but removed them after ballasting.
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Track building
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2017, 08:15:32 am »
Virtually all my track is down and fixed with Copydex but after 18+ months I've yet to start ballasting; but I have ordered the stuff over the weekend!  :worried:

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Re: Track building
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2017, 09:52:05 am »
Yep, same, and likely to remain so for a good while yet!

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Re: Track building
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2017, 03:15:49 pm »
I also used copydex to glue the track down rather than pinning it. Several years on it is still where I first put it. ;) I normally work in the following order.

1. Lay track (including any isolating sections you may need at this stage).
2. Wiring (including soldering).
3. Weather track (you can be quite crude at this stage, I just blasted everything with Railmatch Sleeper Grime and then wiped the rail stops clean).
4. Ballast.
5. Final weathering to weather the ballast and tone the whole area in with its surroundings.
Well, that's just not good enough. Some fount of all knowledge you are!  :no:  ;)

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Re: Track building
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2017, 03:30:58 pm »
I am having trouble with putting a dapol coupling into a new Graffer Tornado. doesnt seem to fit, its looks like the same type but maybe I haven't got the knack of putting them in. What to try out my magnets.

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Re: Track building
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2017, 04:48:55 pm »
Yes, the Farish A1 has NEM couplings, Dapol 'pips' can be a little larger, a tiny swipe with a file can help. Holding the coupling with pliers can also help, but you risk deforming the coupling box.

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Re: Track building
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2017, 07:28:05 pm »
lay / build track
wire
Test
test
TEST
Test
paint
Test
Ballast
Clean up
Play


Nick

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Re: Track building
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2017, 07:40:00 pm »
I am having trouble with putting a dapol coupling into a new Graffer Tornado. doesnt seem to fit, its looks like the same type but maybe I haven't got the knack of putting them in. What to try out my magnets.

Try this Matt...
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=36354.msg443329#msg443329

EDIT

Sorry Matt, you've 'thanked' that post so have obviously read it. Did you not have any joy with that trick?

/EDIT
« Last Edit: April 24, 2017, 07:42:39 pm by RailGooner »
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Re: Track building
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2017, 01:32:40 pm »
lay / build track
wire
Test
test
TEST
Test
paint
Test
Ballast
Clean up
Play


Nick


you missed a test after the ballast bit ;)

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Re: Track building
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2017, 01:51:24 pm »
And you missed the 'fix' after 'play'...
 :)
And then, of course, another 'test'.
 :)
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