flex track

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by stary, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. stary

    stary Member

    I need a new soldering iron, but I can't afford one right now. Is there any way to connect flex track WITHOUT soldering it?
  2. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    You can get an adequate soldering iron at any electronics store for less than $20. If your flex track joints are not on a curve, the rail joiners will be adequate for the time being. Sometimes, they are even adequate on bigger radius curves. As far as an alternative to soldering... ya got me there.
  3. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    There's always basket weaving. That doesn't require any solder, near as I can tell.

  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    TrainNut is right, you can get a decent iron for under $20, maybe even a little less if you shop around. Not having a soldering iron is like not having rail nippers, wire cutters, a hammer or a screwdriver. These are all essential tools including a soldering iron. You can't find a substitute for any of these, and you're asking for problems not soldering your tracks.
  5. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    If you don't solder your flextrack around curves, there will be a kink at the joint. Sometimes, you can get by with it in HO scale, but in N scale, that kink is likely to derail the trains. I bet you can pick up a soldering iron for less than 10 bucks from Harbor Freight tools, or a 25W pencil iron (would be fine for N scale) at home depot for about 16 bucks.

    If you can't afford that, maybe you can find a friend or neighbor to loan you one for awhile.

  6. jmurphy148

    jmurphy148 Member

    I had a soldered joint in a curve which consistently derailed one of my locos. I moved the joint to a straight section and the derailing problem went away. Without being soldered it probably would have been even worse.
  7. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Before I soldered joints on curves, I used a lot of track spikes to push the rails into shape.

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