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Offline Old Crow

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Joining Flexi-track.
« on: November 13, 2017, 12:47:51 am »
Is there a thread or a video somewhere on how to join up flexi0track. I'm using code 80 and those rail joiners sure are fiddly. What I need to know is how much rail to leave from the last sleeper to get a face-to-face join.

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Re: Joining Flexi-track.
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 07:51:19 am »
Is there a thread or a video somewhere on how to join up flexi0track. I'm using code 80 and those rail joiners sure are fiddly. What I need to know is how much rail to leave from the last sleeper to get a face-to-face join.
Half the length of a rail joiner.   

If you find you have to cut off a sleeper to achieve it, it's not a problem as you can get replacement "dummy" sleepers to slip into place underneath the join.  Peco SL308f   

« Last Edit: November 13, 2017, 01:07:22 pm by ntpntpntp »
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Re: Joining Flexi-track.
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2017, 01:17:16 pm »
Is there a thread or a video somewhere on how to join up flexi0track.

Plenty of vids on YouTube

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Re: Joining Flexi-track.
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2017, 01:37:50 pm »
Watch your fingers when sliding the joiners into place.
We’ve all experienced “rail joiner thumb”!
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Re: Joining Flexi-track.
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2017, 01:46:36 pm »
Suggested 'toolkit':-

Curved and straight tracksettas
Xuron track cutters
Eye protection
Your preferred method of holding track in place e'g' track pins, map pins, screws etc
Metal and plastic rail joiners
Plasters for the inevitable 'Fishplate Finger'
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Re: Joining Flexi-track.
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2017, 01:51:18 pm »
Suggested 'toolkit':-

Curved and straight tracksettas
Xuron track cutters
Eye protection
Your preferred method of holding track in place e'g' track pins, map pins, screws etc
Metal and plastic rail joiners
Plasters for the inevitable 'Fishplate Finger'
Plenty of change for the swearbox
You forgot the IPA (beer!!) to steady the hands, numb the fingers and celebrate on completion.
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Re: Joining Flexi-track.
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2017, 02:44:33 pm »
If you are joining flexitrack that has been cut using Xuron type cutters, I would advise you to ensure there is a slight chamfer (lead in) on the left and right edge of each of the adjoining rails. I achieve this using a tiny file. I also turn the tracks over and gently run the file across the bottom of the rails to ensure there are no burrs. I find there is no requirement to touch the top of the rails.
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Re: Joining Flexi-track.
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2017, 03:53:31 pm »
Watch your fingers when sliding the joiners into place.
We’ve all experienced “rail joiner thumb”!

I always use my favourite pair of snipe nose pliers for gripping the end and sliding on the rail joiners - not fingers!  (Well 99.999% of the time, except when I've put them down somewhere 5 seconds ago and can't find the   :censored: pliers for that one last joiner!)   Seriously, the joiners are easy enough to deal with using snipe-noses.
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Re: Joining Flexi-track.
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2017, 03:58:19 pm »
I would advise you to ensure there is a slight chamfer (lead in) on the left and right edge of each of the adjoining rails. I achieve this using a tiny file. I also turn the tracks over and gently run the file across the bottom of the rails to ensure there are no burrs.

Agree 100% with this, no matter what cutting tool you use - Xuron, junior hacksaw, cutting  disc or whatever. Use a small file to square off the end and remove burrs.

I would consider a set of warding files part of the "essential toolkit".
« Last Edit: November 13, 2017, 04:02:57 pm by ntpntpntp »
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Re: Joining Flexi-track.
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2017, 04:07:13 pm »
What I need to know is how much rail to leave from the last sleeper to get a face-to-face join.

Just remember that like real railways depending on where your layout is located that rails will expand / contract in the heat so make sure you leave a small gap between railheads.

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