Hand laying track

White River Line Feb 12, 2022

  1. White River Line

    White River Line TrainBoard Member

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    I've got a new video out on hand laying track. I'm a beginner, so I don't if this is really a how-to with any authority behind it, but maybe you've got some suggestions.

     
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  2. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    Great video. I have heard hand laying track is "Modeling" track. I have done a little of it. Mostly turnouts for Nn3. But then I go to flex track between the turnouts. I am too impatient and want to get things running ASAP. Some folks derive a lot of pleasure and sense of accomplishment from hand laying track but it ain't me. I did build a long curved N scale turnout for a friend's layout to fit a requirement that he had. It turned out well and worked flawlessly after installed. I also have a few hand laid N scale turnouts on my hollow door test track. I built those just to see if I could. However I guess this old dog will just stick with manufactured turnouts and flex track from now on. Thanks for the video. I am sure there are many folks out there who will benefit from it.:)
     
  3. Shortround

    Shortround TrainBoard Member

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    I have watch another doing it. I felt it would be too challenging and time consuming.

    Richard
     
  4. White River Line

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    @r_i_straw I hope some people do benefit from it. I had a friend that did a lot of hand laying track and, HOn30, On30, G and I really liked the way it looked. I've built my own turnouts for this layout as well. I got a lot of pleasure and a sense of accomplishment from even this small bit, but I certainly understand why not too many people do it. There a lot of different ways to enjoy this hobby.
     
  5. White River Line

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    It is certainly time consuming, but I didn't find it to be as challenging as you might expect. But then again I enjoy slowing down, taking my time, and paying attention to details.
     
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  6. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

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    All my track is hand laid. 'Jus so ya' know. ;)
     
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  7. hawkdriver

    hawkdriver TrainBoard Supporter

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    Great video!
    Hand laying track takes a great deal of patience.
    I have tried many years ago and I had to do it, redo it, redo some more.
    Rails drifted out of gauge as I pinned.
     
  8. White River Line

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    I've got some ideas that might make this go a bit faster and more accurately for me. If you are interested keep an eye out for the video in the next few months.
     
  9. COverton

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    Rapido or someone else offers three-cornered gauges for holding the rails in gauge while you do whatever it is you're doing with them. I think one on either side of the work site, say within 6", and then a quick check with the NMRA gauge before putting in every three or four spikes oughta do it.
     
  10. White River Line

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    Yes, I plan on getting some of those 3 point gages.
     

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