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BurleyJim
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Posted - 07/17/2020 :  08:43:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I hope you know I was pulling your leg. .

Jim


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George D
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Posted - 07/17/2020 :  09:22:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BurleyJim

I hope you know I was pulling your leg. [D]{D}[D}.

Jim



I wondered why my leg was hurting on my morning walk.

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Dutchman
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Posted - 07/17/2020 :  10:32:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another great example of how "necessity is the mother of invention", George.


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Posted - 07/17/2020 :  3:25:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Necessity is the mother of invention for sure, you never cease to amaze me George.




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robert goslin
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Posted - 07/17/2020 :  6:53:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi George. Neat solution for the different sized rails. I'm really liking your work.


Regards Rob

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tloc
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Posted - 07/17/2020 :  7:47:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
George, went back to page 1 and read it again. Great work! I was a spiker of code 70 rail but when I tried code 55 rail I went to solder. I like your techniques you have demonstrated, especially the way you hold down the rail. Best to you in this endeavor.

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George D
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Posted - 07/17/2020 :  9:19:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Bruce, Louis and Rob. One of the things I enjoy about the hobby is finding myself in a situation where I have to fabricate or jury-rig to get past a problem. I think a lot of us have found ourselves in this situation.

Thanks, Tom. I found out today how small code 55 rail is. I finished one of the three sidings today. It was like soldering a piece of wire to the ties. Not so small that my Kadee wheels couldn't clear the solder joints on the ties, so the code 55 will work.

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George D
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Posted - 07/21/2020 :  4:47:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been slicing styrene and inserting it into insulated rail gaps. You can see from this picture that my gaps aren't all the same size. Luckily my scrap box has all thicknesses of styrene. I used a gel ACC to fasten them in place and once they were trimmed to size I added a touch of thin ACC hoping the capillary action would draw it in where needed.





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robert goslin
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Posted - 07/21/2020 :  9:46:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
George, an old but good method of gapping rails.
Progressing well.


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George D
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Posted - 07/22/2020 :  07:17:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Rob.


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George D
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Posted - 07/28/2020 :  12:18:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've finished the sidings and this is about where the track will sit on the platform. The sidings are connected with rail joiners, but not soldered. I'm now working on the wood ties for all those empty spaces.



I've cut a bunch of wooden ties from 24 inch HO tie sticks from Kappler on a band saw. This is only a start, I'll be cutting more to finish the task.



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Carl B
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Posted - 07/28/2020 :  1:08:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks good George.

Are those ties a scale 7" x 9" ?



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George D
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Posted - 07/28/2020 :  1:17:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Carl. Yes they're 7"x9".

George



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George D
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Posted - 07/29/2020 :  1:33:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I painted some Barge Cement to the bottom of the rails. I was careful not to get any on the point rails.



I started with my three sidings, which aren't soldered onto the other track. I laid each one back on their plans to get the tie spacing. I didn't use the Templot tie spacing because I wanted a wider spacing than the mainline tracks. Templot probably has a way to adjust the tie spacing, but I don't know how to do it, so I spaced the ties by eye.





The wood ties are thicker than the PCB ties so the track will end up resting on them. To fasten the ties, I simply put them in place under the rails and touched the top of the rails with a very hot soldering iron. The Barge Cement softens in a couple seconds and then the tie is glued fast to the rail.

George



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jbvb
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Good progress! Should you want both the wood and the PC ties to bear, you could mark the PC tie positions on your roadbed, then glue wood ties in between them. Sand down, re-stain and install the rails with soldering iron as you've done.


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