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Posted - 04/02/2020 :  9:02:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Hello All,
I recently purchased track for a long delayed on30 project. (This is what I purchased) https://www.hiawathahobbies.com/Micro-Engineering-On30-Code-83-Non-Weathered-Flex-Track-6pk_p_14328.html
I have some old steel rail connectors. Will they be ok for use with this or should I purchase something else? The plan is to solder the joints as well.
I planned on laying the track directly on plywood and not using any foam or cork base. Other than sound being a bit louder, are there any issues with that method?
thanks in advance,

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Posted - 04/02/2020 :  9:44:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Matt,

I'm not an On30 modeler but you will have one heck of a time trying to 'solder' steel connectors or anything else designated as steel (it rusts!). Get Nickel Silver connectors to work with and you'll be a lot happier with those results. As far as the plywood mount, you already know the noise will be something to deal with.


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Posted - 04/03/2020 :  08:53:43 AM  Show Profile  Visit Philip's Homepage  Reply with Quote

You will need code 83 rail joiners from micro engineering. The part number is 26-083. They come in a bag of 50 each. The HO old school joiners are to large compared to the correct ME ones.

As far as laying on plywood I would recommend laying it on cork or something to dampen the sound. I never nail mine. I use Aleenes glue (water based) under every 5th tie. Plus the process will be insured when you install the ballast and white glue thinned down! Some others modelers may chime in and have a better way.

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Posted - 04/03/2020 :  12:44:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Both Jim and Philip give you sound advice. Myself, I suggest you would not solder every joint, but if you don't have a feeder to each rail, you may want to solder some together, but not all. If you solder every joint, expansion or contraction will mess up track alignment, creating big issues down the road. You need some room for expansion/contraction especially more so in some areas of the country.

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Posted - 04/05/2020 :  4:52:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use run-of-the-mill Atlas n scale rail joiners for my ME code 83 rail. They’re a tight fit, but are less visually intrusive than HO rail joiners, I find. They are also available just about everywhere. No special orders needed.

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Posted - 04/05/2020 :  6:05:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I back up the view of not soldering every joint. One hot or cold day will cause problems. I know. I've had to cut gaps into nice track wok and solder on jumper wires.

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