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Hinged flaps...again!

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As someone who is very new to model railways may I ask a very basic question in my first forum posting? My track is laid out upon GaugeMaster ballasting. I have now decided to modify the board and install a hinged access. How easy will it be to align the tracks over the two gaps whilst at the same time retaining the ballast? I’ve read various articles regarding aligning track e.g using copper cladding, and soldering the track to screws, at the edge of the board. Unfortunately, no mention of the above ballasting. Looks as though I might have to pin/glue the track in place. (The 2 links mentioned in the topic “Help with Hinged Flaps” are no longer available.) Any thoughts?

Also, what about the wiring between the tracks? Is there a way of avoiding having to fix long lengths of wire onto the ‘lift-up’ section of the hinged board. I have this feeling that when the board is lifted I’ll end up tripping over the wires and pulling everything apart!

Thanks for whatever suggestions that you are able to provide. They will certainly much appreciated!
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Yes that article is mine I am morairamike as well as railstimulator. That flap is till in one piece and alignment is still spot on.
Power to the flap is from the board it is hinged on. Connecting wire is 305 mm long so not tripped over.
Fixed board connection is by 9 way D type plug and socket.
Connection to flap via a terminal block to facilitate removal if required.
Not on cork but is now on Gaugemaster pre-ballasted foam.
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