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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #270 on: August 28, 2017, 08:33:04 AM »
Copydex works great with foam baseboards. I have not glued or pinned my Kato track, instead using cork sheets to disguise part of the shoulder in parts of the track does a good job of securing the track and also allowing it to flex.
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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #271 on: August 28, 2017, 09:56:58 AM »


Kato only do the super-elevated curves as double track, but singles are easy enough to make by cutting these down the middle.  I used a coping saw as I had it to hand, but there are plenty of other options.

I was careful to leave two of the raised ridges underneath each part - these support the track on the baseboard.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #272 on: August 28, 2017, 11:34:28 AM »
Very clever, Steve; very clever indeed.

Best wishes.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #273 on: August 29, 2017, 10:18:40 AM »


The final result of my Bank Holiday play time - the formation is fixed, wired and operational.

The red zones are isolated stopping sections where signals will be located.

Top to bottom the running lines are:
1) Down main
2) Bidirectional through
3) Up main
4) Up relief

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #274 on: August 29, 2017, 10:26:50 AM »
Excellent work. Time to run some 'testing' trains? 8-)

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #275 on: August 29, 2017, 04:46:58 PM »
Time to run some 'testing' trains?

Oh yes! :D

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #276 on: August 31, 2017, 09:16:41 AM »
An even bigger thumbs up for Copydex when fixing Unitrack down.  I've just removed a section where I wasn't happy with my alignment and it came up a treat.  Shove an X-Acto number 18 chisel blade under the edge and job done.

Why I wasn't using this stuff years ago I really don't know :thumbsup:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #277 on: August 31, 2017, 09:25:21 AM »
That's great, Steve.

I really like Copydex, although the smell is an acquired taste.  If it's safe for primary school children, it's, hopefully, safe for me!

It's PVA and 'superglue' that I don't like; I try to stick (sorry) to Copydex.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #278 on: August 31, 2017, 10:59:47 AM »
But do remember that once it is opened it doesn't keep.

I have bottles of PVA that are years old and still good, but Copydex of a similar vintage was a load of sticky gunk and an eye-watering smell.  :worried:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #279 on: August 31, 2017, 01:51:01 PM »


Right then, where am I going with all this?

The area in the photo is Phase 1 of the layout; Phase 2 will be off to the left and will consist of some return loops and additional siding space.

Phase 1 is all storage/fiddle yard, but with a scenic element as I liked the way this came together on the previous layout.  This time around I’m planning a much smaller station fronting a larger yard - inspired by the likes of Bescot and other OhMyGodItsFullOfTrack locations.

Trains will arrive from the bottom right of the photo on any of the three leftmost tracks.  After a suitable pause in the station they’ll continue into the distance and off to the left to make use of the return loops.

Trains returning from the loops will arrive where the Copydex pot is standing.  Passenger trains would then most likely run through either face of the rightmost platform, whilst freights would head into the storage yard proper where the tank wagons are sitting.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #280 on: September 01, 2017, 10:57:06 AM »
 :hellosign: Many thanks for the updates Steve, I like your thinking, looking good
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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #281 on: September 01, 2017, 06:38:26 PM »
That's great, Steve.

I really like Copydex, although the smell is an acquired taste.  If it's safe for primary school children, it's, hopefully, safe for me!


Hmmm - based on Steve's experience, it should work with Peco track. I guess it will 'squeeze' up between the sleepers if one is not too careful.   :hmmm: :hmmm:

Should glue cork road bed down too...  :hmmm:

Anyway, it's Friday!  :claphappy: :beers:


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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #282 on: September 01, 2017, 10:36:49 PM »

Hmmm - based on Steve's experience, it should work with Peco track. I guess it will 'squeeze' up between the sleepers if one is not too careful.   :hmmm: :hmmm:

Should glue cork road bed down too...  :hmmm:

It will, it does and it does.

You do need to pin it in place whilst the glue sets though.

I use a big tub of push pins (from Staples) for the job.



Sorry about the 'orribly over-sized point - it was the first photo I could find that shows the necessary.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #283 on: September 02, 2017, 10:25:13 AM »


This weekend I'll be finishing off the tracklaying in the station throat area.  First up I've had to take the razor saw to some track to make the final piece of the jigsaw.  Next I'll be gluing the last few bits in place - did I mention I like Copydex?  :D

The whole formation will then have been glued down with wires dropping through holes and with the Kato manual point switches covered over.  Result!

At the moment I'm trying to do something on the layout everyday, no matter how small.  It soon mounts up.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #284 on: September 02, 2017, 11:26:25 AM »
At the moment I'm trying to do something on the layout everyday, no matter how small.  It soon mounts up.
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