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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #30 on: July 06, 2014, 03:42:28 PM »
Play - I mean test the track comprehensively before ballasting ;)

Good point! Everything else seem right?

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #31 on: July 06, 2014, 04:12:32 PM »
Can anyone confirm that I am right in saying that the next stages for me are the following and in the correct sequence :

1. Mark where I need to cut slots for the point motors and the cut them
2. Pin down the track
3. Drill holes for drop wires
4. Solder drop wires to track
5. Ballast the track

Personally i find it easier to mark on the baseboard were the drop wires are going to go,drill the holes,then solder the droppers to the underside of the track at the same point were you marked your baseboard.Feed droppers through holes as you lay the piece of track.

 :beers:..Ste....

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #32 on: July 06, 2014, 04:25:02 PM »
Ditto . . . :thumbsup:


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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #33 on: July 06, 2014, 04:35:27 PM »
I presume this is to make soldering easier?

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #34 on: July 06, 2014, 04:42:12 PM »
Also makes it neater looking  that wire soldered to the side of the rail, guess how I know, wish I'd have done it when I started.   ;)

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #35 on: July 06, 2014, 08:45:27 PM »
Yes, much easier soldering wire to a single piece of track on the table away from the layout rather than soldering to track already laid :thumbsup:

Plus as Caz says, neater soldering to the underneath of the rail rather than the side, far easier to disguise with ballasting later on ;)




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« Last Edit: July 06, 2014, 08:46:28 PM by Sprintex »

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #36 on: July 06, 2014, 09:35:30 PM »
Is thee a reason for the sleeper-less gaps of track? I've often seen them in layouts under construction and Peco sell extra matching sleepers (of which I have more than enough, I hope).

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #37 on: July 06, 2014, 09:41:42 PM »
Yes. With Streamline track there is no provision for rail-joiners in the sleeper webbing underneath as there is with Peco Setrack which has a moulded recess. With Code 80 Streamline you can get away with separating the rail from the sleeper and sliding the rail-joiner on, but it's not ideal and can create bumps in the track. With Code 55 (in the photo above) which has the rail deeply embedded in the sleeper you would never get the rail-joiner on without cutting the end sleepers away. The idea as you say is to fill-in after with the additional sleepers, or do as I did and cheat by cutting discarded sleepers into three parts and gluing them in place separately :D


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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #38 on: July 06, 2014, 09:50:09 PM »
Many thanks, Paul, for your quick reply. My first layout, 30 years ago, had Code 80 Streamline and I did, indeed, just slide the rail-joiner on but for Cant Cove I've decided to use only Code 55; hence my question.

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #39 on: July 07, 2014, 10:10:47 PM »
Paul, thanks for the picture. That looks really neat and tidy, can see how much easier it will be to disguise with ballast now. Will definitely go this route

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Re: Wildwood - 4 x 2 Coffee Table
« Reply #40 on: July 08, 2014, 10:17:53 AM »
Yes, definitely soldering the droppers underneath the rail is the way to go even if I have to get someone in to do my soldering! 8-)

 

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