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Old Yesterday, 05:18 PM   #231
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Bit more work done so far today the main problem i faced was attaching the track to the ply with little head room so i came up with this,,,,, 4mm caphead screws they have a allen key heads, drill a 3.5mm hole between the sleepers and screw in the capheads with a Allen key they make there own thread this is a bit fiddly but if the ply is doubled up on joins its only required on a few on single layer ply a 4mm hole and a washer and nut underneath thsi doesn't give any movement in the running direction but does sideways so having 3 running lines and 2 sets of points on this left side attached like this is the best idea i could come up with......picture.......you may need to zoom in this particular screw has 3" of head room drill the hole from underneath......
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Very good. Still can't see why you don't just push in a track pin with the end of some pliers. Dead easy.
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That screw if loosened will allow sideways movement of about 5mm either way track pins still need knocking and there's no room for that.....
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No you push the pin in, no knocking. If you haven't got room for the end of some pliers , about 1/2 inch, the exercise is pointless because you won't have room for a train.
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I see, that won't work for me, i have 3 tracks along the back wall all flexi track will need holes drilled for the pins, i doubt i could push the pins in this ply its tough stuff.....
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Fair enough, you would need Gaugemaster pins. They'll push into anything, except steel.

I had almost the same problem in my loft. Driiled holes in the sleepers before laying the track. Hope you have enough clearance for your trains.
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The trains will be fine they need 2 1/2" clearance, its the working in confined space with a shed load of droppers hanging down that makes things awkward but its getting there....
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That's the worst thing about working near the edge of a roof, it's not if there is enough clearance for the trains it's enough clearance for your head.
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I'm ok in that regard this is 3' in from the roof edge and the along the back wall goes right up to the apex i think its the back and forth to the work bench that's a pain there's a lot of layout between the wall the bench.....its keeping me agile though.....
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