Finally Gluing Trackwork in Place

Its permanent, no turning back now!

Well, after 2 years of putzing around with it, I am finally ready to glue the trackwork permanently in place. I decided to use construction adhesive for the job, I figured its all or nothing, once its glued down, there will be no removing it. I applied the adhesive with a putty knife, carefully avoiding the area where the throwbars have to remain free. The track was carefully laid in place into the adhesive and it pressed down. Once cured, I cut the sections at the layout joints. It all went well, with no disasters.

Now, I am installing the 30 Tortoises onto the layout.


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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 | 05-23-2009 | 08:05 AM
Posted in: Latest Posts | Track Construction | Video


  1. Incredible work Tim! Thanks for taking the time to share this build with everyone.

    Comment by Shane — May 24, 2009 @ 9:53 am
  2. Congrats Tim!
    Looks like you are going to meet your self imposed deadline of being “a runner” at the next show.

    Comment by Iain Kennedy — May 24, 2009 @ 8:50 pm
  3. I enjoy watching your progress, and congrats on this milestone. Are you going to use commercial flextrack for the spurs, and how are you going to deal with connecting the wiring of the two sections…or will there be much from side-to-side, do you think?

    Comment by Roger — May 25, 2009 @ 12:17 am
  4. Hi Roger,

    I will be using soldered trackwork with all PC board ties for the spurs. I have most of it already constructed, just need to get it installed in place. Should happen soon.

    I intend on using plugs to join the sections together. Should not be too bad, only the main track bus will have to be joined. Each section of the layout will have its own control panel that will operate switch machines for that section, this way I will not need to electrically join each section for switch machine control.


    Comment by Tim — May 25, 2009 @ 10:03 pm
  5. Tim,
    Many it looks good. I thinK I may have to try some hand laying here shortly.

    May I ask why the construction adhesive, as opposed to Latex Caulk? The latter seems to make a number of appearances in the modeling press, and i think it would be easier to remove your track if necessary.


    Comment by Philip H. — May 26, 2009 @ 8:24 am
  6. I used construction adhesive because I didn’t have any latex caulk on hand. In the end they will both do the same thing.


    Comment by Tim — May 26, 2009 @ 11:41 am

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