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Offline Andyberry

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Building your own track
« on: March 05, 2018, 06:49:18 AM »
Just wondering where the best place to get track components to build my own points etc and if anyone else bothers in this scale have built 3mm TT before but never attempted N thanks in advance for any info

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Re: Building your own track
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2018, 07:05:29 AM »
One of our advertisers produces Code 40 track, link to the thread here:

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=3280.0

You might also like to use our search function, and publications such as Model Railway Journal will be a  useful source of components.

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Re: Building your own track
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2018, 08:02:39 AM »
As per the link in the above post, Finetrax is probably the way to go for self-build N Gauge track given its ease of build and improved appearance. Otherwise the 2mm Association Shop sells a wide range of track components to members. 

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Re: Building your own track
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2018, 08:28:41 AM »
Finetrax donít really sell the bits though, just their kits, so it depends what you want.

If you want bullhead track with more realistic sleeper spacing and finer section rail, then itís a superb option,  but if you want more flowing point work and/or flat bottom/concrete sleeper track itís not the best solution.

2mm association is the best source of bits to DIY.

Iím keen to try some handbuilt pointwork on my next layout - will likely go for code 55 on copper clad sleepers so itíll play nicely with Peco code 55.

You can use Easitrac plain track, despite being 9.42mm gauge you only need to re-wheel stock to cope with the reduced flangeways on pointwork.

The handbuilt trackwork sub forum on RMWeb contains a lot of people with good knowledge of this. If youíve not already tried it then download Templot too, I find it gloriously cathartic.
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Re: Building your own track
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2018, 10:01:41 AM »
Thanks for the info guys looks like I will have to join the 2mm association then as copper clad sleepers and code 55 rail is what I would be looking at as I will be using peco for some of it  as I already have loads from the dismantling of my last layout just before a move down under just hope the post doesn't take to long.

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Re: Building your own track
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2018, 11:26:58 AM »
Annoyingly the 2mm SA don't sell code 55 - it's a bit coarse for most handbuilt track - code 40 is more accurate, but then doesn't play nicely with RTP track from the likes of Peco if you want to mix and match.

NG Trains sell code 55 rail here, but don't do PCB sleeper strip.

You'll also need roller guides appropriate to your rail type (bullhead or flat bottom) and rail section. Marcway (IIRC) sell PCB sleeper strip (and don't need memebership of the 2mm SA), but don't seem to have an online shop.

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Re: Building your own track
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2018, 12:12:24 PM »
I wouldn't worry too much about matching Code 55 handbuilt with Peco code 55 as Peco's code 55 isn't genuine code 55 and the Peco base will be thicker than handbuilt code 55 so whatever rail you use will almost certainly need some packing underneath to get the rail head to be at the same level.

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Re: Building your own track
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2018, 01:07:22 PM »
Very true, it's code 80(ish) with 0.025"(ish) buried, but obviously using code 55 will mean you're 0.025" closer to Peco, even if you then have to pack it out slightly.

I think code 40 joined to Peco pointwork (or flextrack) would be quite a visual difference, whilst 'proper' code 55 would be closer.

 

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