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Old 13th September 2005, 00:01   #21
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Cork was added to the turnout areas too, and these will have holes cut later to allow the switch motor to sit under the board.

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Old 13th September 2005, 00:07   #22
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The position of the 60 degree crossing took a bit of juggling to arrange, and so far, I'm not sure where to find a 60 degree crossing! The rest of my trackwork is Peco, but they don't do a 60 degree. Atlas do, but I'm not sure where to get Atlas from in the UK, I haven't really looked into who stocks it. If all else fails, I'll just make one.
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The linking track from the outer to inner loop runs up a long slow incline along the rear of the layout, through a hidden yard. This incline, and others on the layout, are made on balsawood supports with a 1/4 balsa trackbed. This gives a nice surface to sand out lumps and bumps to get a smooth climb.

This pic shows the incline and the two raised spurs off the incline. Both spurs are level.

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This picture shows the inner loop just after the crossing point where it will go into a tunnel, and start to climb towards the raised yard at Area 51.

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Last two pictures for today are some general views of the layout showing todays progress.

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Had another good day on the layout today. I needed to start laying track on the left end of the outer loop because this was partly under the inner loop incline.

The curved supports to the incline was made from 1/4 birch ply since it is tough and therefore needs fewer supports, especially useful where the two tracks cross.
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Here's an end view of the curved area of the incline that leads from the hidden yard at the rear to the elevated yard at the front.

It also shows the outer loop yard at the right and the track arcing back, out of what will be a tunnel from under the upper yard, in the other direction.
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All turnouts are fitted with Peco switch motors which fit under the track. This meant a large hole needed to be cut in the trackbed.

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All the track is flextrack which means that on the curved sections, where two pieces join, the spring in the rails tries to kink the track where the joiners are. To prevent this, strips of copper clad board cut to rail tie length were glued to the trackbed and the rails soldered in the correct alignment and curve.
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