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  chironex Junior Train Controller

Location: The final destination never even comes so sit back, relax, and pray that there is one
Finally got moving, slowly as it is.
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The benchwork is modular, based on the Battleframe series of modular games table bases by Back 2 Base-ix, though if I was to try again I would NOT have a layout this small modular, with nothing to align the track but the flatness of the tabletop.The magnets used to connect these things are strong, but have this annoying tendency to not fit in the holes correctly. It would also reduce disconnection of track.
The underlay is 1000 gsm paper, as I cannot get any cork sheet.
The track is all Peco.
The plan is from a supplement from Railway Modeller, altered as I didn't feel like trying to build a sector plate my first time, and to fit the track features into the modules better.
I still think I should use insulating joiners to join the left end module tracks as the gap seems too wide, the wagons can run over it but even with some weight in them and at low speeds it will not look terribly convincing.

Suppose I should just call it a "chainsaw", for now...

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The benchwork is modular, based on the Battleframe series of modular games table bases by Back 2 Base-ix, though if I was to try again I would NOT have a layout this small modular, with nothing to align the track but the flatness of the tabletop.The magnets used to connect these things are strong, but have this annoying tendency to not fit in the holes correctly. It would also reduce disconnection of track.
chironex
model rail has a few books on modular systems. we measure, cut, label, drill the holes then assemble. to get the best alignment for the holes.

an important note -we don't use magnets to join boards.
  micksheedy Station Staff

Cork Sheeting:
Portugal Cork
2/36 Binney Road
Kings Park NSW
02 9676 8400
I have purchased from here and I phoned for You they have sheets; 915x610x 6mm and also available in rolls.
Regards,
Mick Sheedy
  5711 Assistant Commissioner

from the look of it it seems like a shunting arrangement.
There are some better alternatives than using paper as an underlay.
Cork is good so is the black foam ( can't recall the name but its available at all good hobby shops )
You can use polystyrene which is acceptable but will create some track noise.

Magnets for joining? Thats a first! Not sure how that will go long term.

Good luck with your build.
  chironex Junior Train Controller

Location: The final destination never even comes so sit back, relax, and pray that there is one
The black foam degrades and the cork is not available. And I am dissatisfied with the whole structure anyway as the track plan has been deformed too much and I no longer see the need for such a small layout to be modular.

The magnetic experiment will, I believe, have to wait for a more experienced module maker to try.

Still, that's sort of what a "chainsaw" is all about- trying it to work out how it should be done.
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
I have successfully used hinges to align "modules" on sections of my home layout that need to be removable. I place the modules together as I need them to be and then screw a pair of hinges either side of the where the track/s will be located, to join the 2 boards. Before I attach the hinges though, I remove the pivot pin and replace it with a similar diameter, longer piece of steel bar/rod, bent to 90 degrees.

This new pin can be pushed through the 2 halves of the hinge/s and gives a perfect alignment of both vertical and horizontal aspects. In my case, because I'm not worried about aesthetics (ie: no scenery), the hinges are located on top of the layout. However, I believe there would be no reason why the method would not work equally well if the hinges were mounted under the framework of the modules. Or, there is no reason why the hinges couldn't be top mounted, inverted so that the raised portion of the hinge is pointing downward, with the baseboard rebated out so that the hinge is flush with the board.

Roachie
  chironex Junior Train Controller

Location: The final destination never even comes so sit back, relax, and pray that there is one
Got a sheet of ply, 300x900.Let's see how plan B goes...
  andrewstrains Assistant Commissioner

Location: Townsville, Where else but QLD
Got a sheet of ply, 300x900.Let's see how plan B goes...
chironex

Good to hear!

Did you end up transferring north at all?

Andrew
  John_Bushell Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
The black foam degrades and the cork is not available.
chironex
Mate, the "black foam" referred to is most likely Trackrite.  In my experience it has not deteriorated.  I have it under my tracks.  You can have a look here:   http://www.brunelhobbies.com.au/trackrite/trackrite.htm

Trackrite is sold by Casula and many other hobby shops in the Sydney region.

Cork is available, but someone else gave you an address for that.

Best regards,
John
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
The foam that deteriorates is the Peco or Hornby grey stuff sold in rolls as underlay. Avoid it like the plague as after a couple of years especially if you have windows in a room that your layout is in, it will simply crumble when touched. It will all end up in your locomotives eventually as it gets sucked up as the loco moves along. It is not UV resistant by the looks. Even if kept in a room where no natural light can get to it it will still crumble but take a bit longer to do it.

I used it once and never again ever, you learn the hard way. Also it absorbs water as well so just becomes a sponge almost when using water or a water based compound near it.
  chironex Junior Train Controller

Location: The final destination never even comes so sit back, relax, and pray that there is one
Good to hear!

Did you end up transferring north at all?

Andrew
andrewstrains
I have never heard of a plan to transfer me anywhere.



I can also get cork at Casula. I think I shall try that.

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