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I believe that conventional wisdom is to do this by putting small brass screws under the ends of the rails and soldering the rails to them. It may be a bit late to say so, but the best way of getting the tracks in exactly the right position is to solder track across the join and then cut it afterwards.

However, your idea might work and there is no reason why you shouldn't try it first. Do the fishplates have to be soldered on? When folding the board, the fishplate will be left on one piece of rail or the other and does it matter which?

I remember doing something like this for my sons nearly 30 years ago. I can't remember doing any soldering then. Good luck whatever way you decide to do it. I hope your children get as interested in the hobby as we on this forum are. I can't wait for my two year old grandson to get a little older.
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