Fitting Track Sections Together

Final Assembly of Trackwork. Finally.

With all the electrical isolation gaps cut, I can finally assemble all the sections into a single piece. Each piece has to be cut to fit with the adjacent section, soldered together with rail joiners, and the missing PC board ties added in.

This is where having cut out the entire trackplan from 2mm plywood really pays off. I am able to use this as a template to ensure all the trackwork geometry is correct. When finished, everything lines up very well with no unexpected geometric anomalies.

The video above shows the process of fitting a section in place. This project took about 2 days to complete.


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About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 05-19-2009 | 08:05 AM
Posted in: Latest Posts | Track Construction


  1. How do you remove the asid based flux at thia stage or are you using rosin flux for this operation?

    Comment by Jim Evans — May 19, 2009 @ 12:54 pm
  2. Hi Jim,

    I am using an acid based flux, I prefer it over any other types. Removing it is simple enough, I give the completed trackwork a good scrub with a wire brush. Once the trackwork is painted, all the remaining residue will be neutralized.


    Comment by Tim — May 19, 2009 @ 1:52 pm
  3. Looking Great Tim!
    What are your plans for securing the trackwork to the base, and are you going to do anything special to maintain stability between trackwork joins?

    Comment by Iain Kennedy — May 21, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

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