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Laying Flex Track On Incline Risers

Nigel asks readers:

“I am into British 00 gauge-1:76 scale and want to know if you can help me out laying flex-track,on the ‘Woodland Scenics’ incline/riser set. Joining the fishplates to each of the rails, also the best way to open the fishplates wider to fit on the rails. Can some advise please?”

3 Responses to Laying Flex Track On Incline Risers

  • Don Kaduncsays:

    Cover with plaster cloth, add roadbed and track as usual. I’ve done this in my layout. Atlas code 100 rail joiners work. PECO are too tight.

  • David Stokessays:

    Peco joiners are just fine. There is a reason that they are a tight i – so that they grip the rail. I find Atlas joiners, which I can slip on without using pliers create my worst “dry joints” in my rail. causing locos to stall. I find I need to “crimp” the Atlas joiners. To avoid dry joints I now solder the joints.

    On curves I always stagger joints, I do not cut the two rails off square – that just wastes rail and puts valuable dollars and cents into others’ pockets. Take your time laying out the curves.

  • David Stokessays:

    Sorry, I hit post too soon. Solder droppers at least once on every separate piece of rail and connect the droppers to a “bus” wire under the layout. If possible find the heaviest copper wire you can for the bus. – stripped down house lighting wire is good.as there are 2 wires enclosed in the insulation – one for each rail.

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