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I have noticed that many model railway suppliers have track tacks for securing the track down to a board... However I'm not entirely happy about nailing my track down. I was windering if there are any screws which have a small enough diameter to screw the track down without causing any damage as my current layout is not going to be a perminent one and i would like to be able to remove and alter the track at will.

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Fleischmann supply some very small woodscrews for fixing their Profi track, but they are expensive.

If you want small wood or self tapping screws then you should be able to get them from a model shop that sells boats, planes & radio control equipment.
 

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I got some round headed screws from the local DIY shop, nothing other than regular screws. do the job perfectly. I use them between the sleepers to hold the track down. Were you thinking of through the sleepers though?
 

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Have you considered glueing it down? I have used ordinary white wood glue on about every fourth sleeper, more near a join. I put one drop each side of the sleeper roughly under the rail. Weighted down with food tins or similar it dries quite quickly.

Although it holds the track well, it is forgiving if you want to change your mind. The track comes up very easily with a not very sharp blade like a wallpaper scraper slid under it and moved along slowly. I have had to do this in a couple of places that needed a bit of re-alignment.
 

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*** I have screws from 1mm x 3mm to 1.6mm x 8mm - about half a dozen sizes in both pan and countersunk head, and up to 100,ooo of each in stock so not too hard to supply all you might need :). PM me if you are interested

However while I'm happy to supply if you want them, I have to be honest and say that I tend to agree with Roberts post as t the best method for securing track - a little PVA glue every few sleepers and a wirght to hold it down as the glue dries holds it quite securely but it is still easy to remove if change is wanted.

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QUOTE (rocket01 @ 12 Feb 2009, 17:18) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have noticed that many model railway suppliers have track tacks for securing the track down to a board... However I'm not entirely happy about nailing my track down. I was windering if there are any screws which have a small enough diameter to screw the track down without causing any damage as my current layout is not going to be a perminent one and i would like to be able to remove and alter the track at will.

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Hi

Never had a problem using Peco track pins. When you want to alter the track layout its easy enough to pull out the pins with a pair of pliers and relay it, I've done it loads of times cos I keep changing my mind


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I have been using superglue in small amounts.

It has worked for me so far (6 months or so). May be a bit awkward to clean up if I want to move things around at a later date but ill cross that bridge when I come to it.

I like the idea of underlay, it would help if changing things I guess.....why didnt I think of that!
 

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I wanted the ability as you do, to alter my track layout at will. Over the last year, it has changed quite considerably.

The answer I found was to use a hand 'Staple Gun'.

They can be bought at B&Q and recently at Aldi's for around a fiver. They come complete with 3000 staples. I have gone through half already.

You just lay the gun across the sleepers, and 'bang' it's done. They are removed very easily with a pair of round nose pliers, and even if they go through the sleepers, they don't break them when you pull them out. The staples are excellent for bending flexitrack in place. You hold the track in one hand, and operate the stapler in the other.

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Has any body experimented with the doublesided car body tape you can buy. It is foamed backed, albeit up to normally 1mm, I have seen slightly thicker versions, but was just wondering whether this was an alternative to track laying and ballast sticking in one go. It is heat resistant and does stick like proverbial, and would also have noise insulation properties. I have seen mentioned else where on here about normal double sided tape, but not this foam back type stuff.(I may have missed it of course).
 
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