Temporarily secure flex track?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by iis612, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. iis612

    iis612 Member

    I had a friend help me complete a good portion of my benchwork. Now I need to find a way to temporarily lay track and turnouts so that I can run the plywood central until I can work on the real layout (after surgeries and recovery). Anyone have a method that will allow me to re-use the track and turnouts?

  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Track nails, or even thumbtacks (the flat kind). You can also lay flex temporarily with caulking, although this is a more "permanent" method than tacking it as above.

    However, you will have to cut the flextrack to fit, especially if you have any curves. So be sure of your plan, and when you take it up, be sure to label it to avoid problems when re-installing.

  3. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    Go to a dollar/discount store and get a hot-melt glue gun and glue sticks. The glue is strong enough to hold your track in place (just put a little dot every inch or so along the centreline, then press the track into it) but soft enough that when the time comes, you can pull it off, peel the glue off the track and ply, and re-lay it again.
  4. BobGui

    BobGui New Member

    Plain flat thumbtacks on the outside of the ties.
    Easy to put in, quick twist with a small screwdriver to get out.
  5. willist

    willist New Member

    Push pins work best
  6. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    I use the hot glue to secure my track to the cork. This way I can run trains until I can ballast the track.
  7. iis612

    iis612 Member

    I went with the hot glue gun. I have opted to leave the roadbed out of the equation for this temporary layout. I don't want to have to buy it twice. I will post some pics later, if I get time.
  8. dougget

    dougget New Member

    I'm using T-pins to layout my track.
    The 1.75" ones are working well with my 2" foam base.
    Most office supply stores have them. I got mine at Staples.



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