Laying track???

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by plbab, May 7, 2002.

  1. plbab

    plbab Member

    Bought first pieces of flex track yesterday and cork roadbed. Does the moveable rail go on the inside or outside? What is best way to put roadbed down? Any tricks on puttting spikes through ties into plywood without bending track causing dip in track?

  2. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    Roadbed = glue.

    As for the track nails, you don't actually want them in that far. The best tip I was ever given is to use a business card above the ties - as soon as the head of the nail is just touching that, you are done.
  3. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I try to put the spikes between the ties but holding the rail. I haven't tried it with cork, but it should work. If you ballast and glue, you should be able to remove the spikes (if you want to).
  4. RI541

    RI541 Member

    I just barely let the nail head touch the tie. Sometimes it doesn't even touch the tie at all, After you ballst the track the nails can be removed for a more prototypical look.
  5. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    with Peco flextrack (that I use) both rails are moveable. What brand are you using? Nailing the track down, I drill a small hole in the tie first, then nail it down, but certainly not as far as to "bend" the tie.
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I've had flex track where one rail didn't move. I think I would try to put that on the outside because then you would cut off the inside rail which would extend beyond the ties. Are there enough gaps in the plastic between the ties that you can do this? In other words, will it bend enough with the fixed rail outside?

    If you're using lengths less than a full yard, you'll be cutting both rails and it won't matter.
  7. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    When I lay flex track I don't care which side the sliding rail is on, so long as it stays on the same side throughout the curve. I recommend you do not cut the inside rail to match the outer rail. Staggered joints are a good thing. If the sliding rail is on the outside, when first piece is laid, the outer rail will be shorter than the inside rail. Use a chisel knife to remove "spikes" from tie tops where rail joiner will be, slide the rail from next piece thru remaining "spikes" on first piece, you may need to use needlenose pliers to get rail into joiner. Continue this way till you need to have ends same length for a turnout. I believe Shamus posted a very detailed description of this some months ago, it may be on his website.


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