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David,

Have you considered using soldered construction with copperclad sleepers in conjunction with flat bottom code 83 rail for building points representing timber sleepering. The baseplates are not very significant at all if you are looking for overall effect rather than super detailed track, and so you would probably not notice that they were missing.

As far as strength and durability is concerned you can't beat soldered track with copperclad sleepering. It is easier to adjust the clearances as well, just a little push with a hot iron is all you need.

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QUOTE (adj @ 30 May 2007, 09:58) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I've contacted C&L about creating turnouts using FB rail and they say they do not provide any accesssories to do this so it looks like turnouts will have to be constructed by soldering rail to PCB or riveted sleepers. You could possibly then add some cosmetic chairs (anybody know which chairs could be used?).
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From bitter personal experience I would advise anybody not to try plywood and rivet track construction methods unless you are very dedicated and building quite a small model. It is difficult to adjust clearances, the cosmetic chairs are difficult to fit against the rivets properly and if you don't get them tucked in closely enough, even RP25 wheel flanges can catch the top of the cosmetic chairs leading to rough running. Then there is the problem of forever replacing the chairs that get knocked off.

If you must have chaired track on your handbuilt points, I recomend C&L point kits. I have built several for locations where chaired pointwork would be expected near the viewing side of the baseboard, that is for sidings and the loco depot. For the rest I have used code 75 flexi track and copperclad points. I suggest that it is best to become proficient in drawing up and building copperclad points first before moving on to C&L points.

For pointwork design, I have a full range of C&L and old Scaleway drawings that I adapt as required.

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