Bear Creek & Eastern - Progress Report - 2008-03 Report
03/31/2008
03/31/2008
I am now gluing the 3/16" cork roadbed to the 1/4" plywood sub-roadbed. I'm using blocks of wood to spread the pressure on the cork while the glue is curing, because directly clamping it would cause uneven depressions.
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Here's an updated overall shot of the layout.
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I also finished installing the cork roadbed on the left-hand side.
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Next, it is time to do the bus wires. These were installed in the same manner as the ones I did in the center section, using bare wire and four holes in each leg. These were then connected to the ones for the center section (which in turn are connected to the ones on the right-hand side, where the DCC command station and 12-volt power supply for the accessories line are located).
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For the hidden track I decided to use code 55 Micro Engineering flextrack.
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This is the other end of the flextrack section in the center section of the layout.
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On the right-hand side of the layout, I need to make a custom, curved turnout to branch out the two lines. I am using a piece of flextrack to mark off where the ties are to be positioned for the hand-laid track.
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I used the same approach for the inside curve of the turnout.
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Next, I transferred the trackplan to the cork roadbed on the left-hand side of the layout, and installed the ties.
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The ties for the curved turnout are glued in place now too.
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