insulated track vs non

b-16707 Dec 5, 2018

  1. b-16707

    b-16707 TrainBoard Member

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    Can someone help confirm if the insulated 10in fastrack 12027 is basically a regular 10in fastrack 12014 with that metal joining plate on the bottom connecting the outermost tracks removed? Have some regular fastrack straights leftover that i plan to just remove that plate and not have to buy dedicated insulated track.
     
  2. country joe

    country joe TrainBoard Member

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    Yes, you are correct. If you have the 12029 track set you can remove the connector plate from the outside rails of any piece of FasTrack to extend the outer insulated rail to make the activator section longer.
     
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    thanks for the confirmation!

    and sort of insulated track related.

    To create my own insulated track like the Block section they sell: http://www.lionel.com/products/fastrack-block-section-6-12060/. I can just take a piece of fastrack for example, undo one of the 3 rails, cut it in 2 pieces (probably will dremel it with a cut off wheel) and reattach to the road bed? Simple as that i assume? My gap may be larger than lionel's stock block track but i assume it will work.

    My kiddo just broke one of the insulated 5in pieces that came with my 12062 grade crossing but i felt those were too short anyways so wanted to take a piece of o36 curve and make an insulated block out of that
     
  4. country joe

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    That would work but you would need some non conductive way to keep the rails aligned. A piece of plastic sprue or wooden dowel would act as a pin. It would just be a matter of getting the right size.
     
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    well wouldnt the roadbed do that? its literally taking one of the metal rails off of the roadbed and cutting it in half and clicking it back in the roadbed. I assume you are talking about regular non fastrack track?
     
  6. country joe

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    When I answered about I hadn't looked at a section and thought the rail was only held in place by the 4 tabs (on a 10" straight). I just looked as closely as I could at a section of track. Without taking the section apart it's hard to tell but it looks like the rail might be held in place by the molded tie plates. When you take the rail out to cut it and reassemble the section you will be able to tell if it needs something in the rail or not.
     

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