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Marked out and now I’m building up some courage to actually cut holes in my baseboard 

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Well no going back now, the bulk of the material was removed using my router (hence the strange pencil markings) then squared off with a sharp chisel

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But does it fit?.....yep :)

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Unfortunately you’ll only be able to see the inspection pit through the open door of the engine shed.....but we know it’s there

 

 

 

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25 minutes ago, Martin S-C said:

Ooh, track! Always a good moment.

 

I’ve got to solder all the droppers in place and mark out the hole positions for them

 

plus I’m yet to modify all the points but I’m getting there slowly

 

thanks for your continued support

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Unusually for me I'm quite happy with how it's going

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Will you be laying track through the shed? 

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1 hour ago, AlfaZagato said:

Will you be laying track through the shed? 

 

The shed is only open at one end so the track finishes just short of what will be the shed's back wall thus:-

 

 

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5 hours ago, chuffinghell said:

Unusually for me I'm quite happy with how it's going

 

You may have issues with those yellow whatsits when the first train arrives...

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13 minutes ago, Martin S-C said:

You may have issues with those yellow whatsits when the first train arrives...

 

:laugh_mini:

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1 hour ago, Martin S-C said:

You may have issues with those yellow whatsits when the first train arrives...

 

I am dopey enough to forget to remove them

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Not done much more but I couldn’t resist messing about

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Messing about is what it's all about!

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3 minutes ago, chuffinghell said:

If this is the scenic section, it would be better to try to interlace the ends of the sleepers to avoid cutting them if possible. If it's the off-stage area then of course it doesn't matter. In either case I would put a dummy sleeper under the insulated joiners on the right in the same way as you have on the left, as these don't have much mechanical strength vertically especially when they have been shortened as you have done. Don't worry about having the sleepers closer together than normal. That is always better than having them too far apart.

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11 minutes ago, St Enodoc said:

If this is the scenic section, it would be better to try to interlace the ends of the sleepers to avoid cutting them if possible. If it's the off-stage area then of course it doesn't matter. In either case I would put a dummy sleeper under the insulated joiners on the right in the same way as you have on the left, as these don't have much mechanical strength vertically especially when they have been shortened as you have done. Don't worry about having the sleepers closer together than normal. That is always better than having them too far apart.

 

It is the scenic section, I’ll have a look at interlacing the sleepers and adjusting the sleeper spacing

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Looks like I’ll miss the sleepers when I make the cut at the baseboard join.....luck more than judgment

 

I may have to adjust the sleeper distances slightly in other areas but if I move each one by only a fraction of a millimetre I don’t think it will be too noticeable once ballasted and weathered

 

The areas in black marker are the proposed dropper wire positions

 

 

 

 

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I had a further play with the track and this appears to be the best I can do

 

The sleeper spacing after the point and after the baseboard join has had to be made wider

 

I tried it with an extra sleeper but it looked worse

 

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This is why my build is taking so long.....I spend far too long ar*ing about :blink:

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Have you thought about how you will fix the rails either side of the joint? That will probably affect the sleeper spacing.

You could also use the rail gaps at the joint as isolaters, thus you wouldn't need some of those 'orrible nylon joiners.

 

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32 minutes ago, Harlequin said:

Have you thought about how you will fix the rails either side of the joint? That will probably affect the sleeper spacing.

You could also use the rail gaps at the joint as isolaters, thus you wouldn't need some of those 'orrible nylon joiners.

 

 

Forgive me RMWEB for I am about to sin!

 

As it's a home layout and unlikely to be dismantled that often I'm just going to glue the track in place, hence why I've used rigid track across the join instead of flexi, although I have contemplated soldering to copper nails (I'm very old skool)

 

I don't like the 'orrible nylon joiners either but I'd read somewhere that just leaving a gap can cause future problems with expansion of the rails?.............I'd much rather just leave gaps to be honest

 

At worst case I was hoping weathering would disguise the plastic fishplates

 

 

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You'll need a break to link to the removable section though?

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