2014-12.4: TMTV December 2014 Edition - Act IV

30 Dec 2014

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18:38 - December 2014 Act IV - Back to the Basement: Handlaying track (2014)

In part 6 of Back to the Basement, Miles introduces us to the basics of hand-laying ties and rail, and finishes up track-laying with simple ballasting techniques.




I have never seen that Kadee nailer before. I'm going to look for that immediately. That is a must have tool IMHO. For ballasting, I like to first spray or use an eye dropper with alcohol to break the surface tension and then come back with an eye dropper and my glue/water mixture. It doesn't seem to disturb the ballast as much as trying to spray the glue/water directly.

When will we get a segment on your railroad? It is starting to look good there in the background.


Hi Miles

It was great to see you and your presentation on the hand laid track made easy.  I too haven't seen the Kadee Stapler and will definitely look it up.

Also your demonstration on the Cricut machine was a real eye opener.   This is what I have been looking for.  I'm buying one along with the deep cutter and the extended 12"x24" tack sheet.  I was wondering how,  when cutting the thin lap wood siding, difficult was it to keep the material attached to the tack board?   

Oh yes I would like to get back to you regarding the floor plan of the D&RGW depot at Mack Colorado.  Thank you again for the woderful visit at your home back in September.

Your layout is shapping up nicely from what I can see.  My Uintah RY e-mail addess is don@uintahry.com.   

Don Grover-Uintah Railway Models

allanbishop's picture

Hi Miles

I would love to see more about this process. I am also working in N scale with ME flex track and would love to see more on the proccesses on how they are fastening the track down. Any links or videos you may be able to send this way?

randyhatch's picture

I'm intereted in more information about gluing down flextrack using ACC glue?

We don't recommend gluing down track with superglue (CA/ACC). 

The reason is simple - you can't take it back up again later if you need to replace it or want to make changes. As a secondary reason, superglue is brittle and does not flex at all. Track and the roadbed it's on moves around microscopic amounts with changes in temperature and humidity. Brittle, inflexible superglue will cause the track to buckle -- or if the superglue layer is extra thin (and not enough to hold real well) the track may pop loose as the roadbed and track change slightly with the seasons.

Much better for fixing down track is latex caulk. It flexes nicely as the roadbed and track change slightly with the seasons, and you can also take up the track later if you decide to make changes or need to replace track that has gone bad. The flexible llatex caulk layer holds well but allows changes, making it an ideal track adhesive.

Superglue (CA/ACC) has many great uses in the hobby, but gluing down track is NOT one of them. We strongly advise against using it to glue down track.