What better way to lay track than to get a great mate round,
get drunk, feel so sick you get nothing done till late afternoon and
then start track laying still feeling slightly sick and sweaty.
Track is all Peco, Code 75 Wooden Sleeper with Long Electrofrog
points or Y Electrofrog Points. Peco rail joiners, metal and
insulated are used, with the plastic insulated ones avoided
on curves as they tend to give out and you loose the nice curve.
M.Levin hard at work
Mumbles less so hard at work
One thing with track laying is you want to get trains out and
run them or look at them at least.
We managed to get the 2 main lines down and ran trains round,
and even Videoed it. Great night!
As you can see I used screws to hold the track in place, rather
than pins that leave great big holes in the sleepers. Once ballasted, these will be removed, the holes backfilled with ballast, with the glue holding the track in place.
More train shots.
We got some of the points wired up as well using Digitrax point
decoders and Seep point motors.
This meant those nasty Peco motor mounts could be removed making
the points have a much nicer profile to them.
Further lines through Ramsgate laid another day, by myself. I was
getting the hang of track laying by this point but it was still quite time consuming. Every piece of flexi track and every point has its own power feed.
A great day was when all the track was finally laid and shots
like this became a reality, Ramsgate EMU shed with approach lines
as would be seen from Newington Road bridge.
Junction running from Folkestone West towards Ramsgate
Various shots of Ramsgate
Looking Towards London and Folkestone West
Looking Towards the Coast and Folkestone West