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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:03 am

Richard-B wrote:
Bill Dixon wrote: <<snip>>
Unfortunately I do not have enough flex track to do one loop.
It looks like I will need 11+ feet of track for each module.
Any thoughts?
I have some Code 82 flex track... -exactly- how many feet do you need in all???


About 22 feet.

Doing the math at todays Canadian $, ignoring any material donations, Tillig tie strips and local rail will
be about $ 122.00 Cdn.
Peco Meter Gauge flex track at my cost will be around $ 65.00 or a bit more than half and I can have the track Now.

The BCSME honorarium would pay for the Tillig track or
it can pay for the Peco track, two Dual Frog Juicers for reversers, paint for the modules, and a round of drinks for the guys.

I am going to mull this over a bit but the cost and time considerations favour the Peco option.
I know that the September Setup is over a month away but as I do most of my work on Mondays, time is short.

I will get the foot mounting done this week.
Mondays:
Aug 21 Track
Aug 28 Wiring
Sept 4 Testing
Sept 11 Painting
Sept 18 Working O/T this day
Sept 25 Module and equipment work
Display Sept 30-Aug 1

Of course there will no doubt be an interruption or two along the way.

Other days of the week I am either busy, not interested in working on trains after work, or working on trains for customers.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Richard-B » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:23 pm

Bill Dixon wrote:About 22 feet.
<snip>
The BCSME honorarium would pay for the Tillig track or
it can pay for the Peco track, two Dual Frog Juicers for reversers, paint for the modules, and a round of drinks for the guys.
What I have is 10 2-foot sections of flex... apparently cut-down from 3ft for eBay shipping by a seller sometime back.
You will need to supplement them with a bit of Peco...

I will 'donate' these to the TT-Tracks cause... fully anticipating a 'refreshing beverage or two' in November.

Bill... send me your shipping address again off-list, and you should have these in a few days.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:41 pm

Richard-B wrote:
Bill Dixon wrote:About 22 feet.
<snip>
The BCSME honorarium would pay for the Tillig track or
it can pay for the Peco track, two Dual Frog Juicers for reversers, paint for the modules, and a round of drinks for the guys.
What I have is 10 2-foot sections of flex... apparently cut-down from 3ft for eBay shipping by a seller sometime back.
You will need to supplement them with a bit of Peco...

I will 'donate' these to the TT-Tracks cause... fully anticipating a 'refreshing beverage or two' in November.

Bill... send me your shipping address again off-list, and you should have these in a few days.


Good News Richard.

I was looking at the Peco track today and it will work but really looks out of scale.
Interestingly I measured the Tillig track and it is a bit undersized for North American track but as it matches everything else we are using, it will look OK.
I have a few pieces of flex so with what you are sending it should be more than enough.

While I wait for the track, this weekend I will put the cork on the second module and get started with painting.
Bought the paint today and some more feet.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby CFRiad » Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:00 am

Bill, I also have about a foot each of Tillig wood and concrete ties. I can donate them if you are short.


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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:40 pm

CFRiad wrote:Bill, I also have about a foot each of Tillig wood and concrete ties. I can donate them if you are short.

Might need them.
Going to check and see what I have spread around here.

With what I have and Richard is sending I might have enough.
To save money I asked Richard to just send the tie strips.
I will get rail and rail joiners here. Three foot pieces of rail will mean fewer joints to deal with.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:42 am

Did some serious digging around. Scrounged up 24 concrete tie strips, almost enough to do one module. Could complete it with wood tie strips. Maybe put them at the apex of the curve.

Would like to finish one now but have enough other things to do, painting and cork, that I can hold off for now. Need the auto reversers before I can test run.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:08 pm

Sat in front of the TV threading code 83 rail into TT-Scale tie strips.
20170818_threading tie strips.jpg
A tedious job but gets easier after you get the hang of it. The MicroEngineering Code 83 rail fits OK.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bernd » Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:48 pm

Pretty neat looking track. :thumbup:

Nothing like making your own "flex TTrack". :wink:

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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:53 pm

Bernd wrote:Pretty neat looking track. :thumbup:

Nothing like making your own "flex TTrack". :wink:

Bernd

I used up every concrete tie strip I could find and made four 3' pieces of flex. I hope that is enough for the first module.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:11 pm

Today the weather was nice so i hauled, tables, tools and one module up to the sundeck to work on.

In digging around for stuff i found a few more tie strips. Yeah!.

I pinned the flex track I have made Friday night down on the module to see how it would work.
20170820_Track Layout.jpg


There were issues at both the left and right hand joints.
20170820_left joint.jpg.jpg
The left hand joint has a bit of overlap. I was able to trim this shorter and solder the rails together.

20170820_Right joint.jpg
The right hand joint was short. I joined this to the piece of flex going to the module edge. Then I picked a spot in the middle of a tie strip to end this piece of flex. I used pieces of rail from the Tillig flex track I had stripped the ties from to complete this track section leaving a gap between the two sections.

Then was the fun of gluing it all down.
Glue is drying now, Going to paint the surface while the glue dries.
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