A Flextrack howto in the academy ?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Biased turkey, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. YmeBP

    YmeBP Member

    Would it be possible to have a thread w/ a rule that you share your opion about how to do flex and NOT about whether other peoples ideas of doing flex are right or wrong?

    I'd love to see a thread w/ different methods and ideas (as long as no flame war starts, honest methods and ideas) because i'm planning my railroad :). I've played around w/ tracks and locos enough now to see that you folks here at the gauge really know your *&^%(stuff) and the more of i can absorb the better my railroading experience will be. :thumb:
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Again, I'd be more than happy to set something up in The Academy, or work on a "Flextrack Shop" thread in the Tutorial section...

    So get going... send me your links (even if they are internal to The Gauge) or pictures, or descriptions, and let's put something together...! :thumb:

  3. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    When soldering, the "work" must be hot enough to melt the solder. When it is, the solder will flow, both sides and full length of the rail joiner. A paste flux is recommended, as it cleans the joint, and keeps the track/joiner/solder, from oxidizing. The joint must be kept motionless untill the solder has cooled, motion, during cooling can crystalize the solder, and cause a weak bond.
    Applying heat to both the rail, and the joiner, at the same time, on the , outside of the joint, and applying solder to the inside, helps the process.
  4. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    Thank you Ralph.
  5. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Whoops! Sorry Andrew! Missed your post! Folks, Andrew (Mason Jar) has provided the answer above! Thanks Andrew!
  6. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    I dont have the patience or the eyes for hand laid track.I think flex track is the sliced bread of the model train world. But then again just my thoughts.
  7. YmeBP

    YmeBP Member

    I've read that when connecting flex track the best way is the "stagger" the rails by sliding one rail out of about 10 ties then sliding the connecting rail into those ties and attaching your joiner/solder at that joint. Pictures to follow.
  8. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    Do Atlas and Peco want model railroaders to purchase their Flextracks ?
    Obviously not because the info about that topic is scarce on Atlas website
    Just a louzy picture of their Super Saw lol

    and NIL on Peco website.
    Of course, Atlas and Peco makes more money by selling 1 yard of modular track than 1 yard of flextrack ...

    I would be glad just to get a few detailed pictures of someone joining to flextrack sections in the middle of a curve. That operation seems Imho the most difficult for a newbie to grasp.
  9. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    So Obie has come to the realization that this is a case of blind justice then?

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  10. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Yes, I too have found flextrack to be a mixed blessing. It can work very well once it's well set or well positioned. But I've found cutting and joining one piece of flextrack onto another to be really difficult. If two pieces of flextrack are improperly cut & joined, you'll get lots of derailments.

    In the end, I've gone with a mixture of Peco flextrack and Atlas track (but not their switches!). My layout is small so it's not a major issue for me.

  11. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    I've found that it does take a lot of care to measure exactly where I want to cut flex track sometimes but once I know where to cut I can't say enough good things about a Xuron cutting tool and a small file to make sure connections are flush.
  12. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    The ideal howto imho would be made by some member of The Gauge and with plenty of pictures, The same high quality of howto we get from DoctorWayne , TomPM and Deano's "Easy weathering" tutorial.

  13. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Thanks, Ralph. Yes, I agree, that once flextrack is cut and properly placed it works extremely well. Even Atlas flextrack isn't that bad although it's weaker and not as well made as the much superiour Peco flextrack!

    I usually cut my flextrack with a small saw made by Atlas -- but it would be better to have a better quality saw. Being in a rush is usually my problem as I usually have a limited window in the evenings (after the kids are asleep) when I can work on my layout -- at least that's my excuse!!


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