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Hi Anthony,
That nice David Todd chap put me onto something in your thread here, the Tracklay system.

I had been working out how to lay the Gaugemaster Ballasted Underlay stuff on a small layout I am designing, as the 2x baseboard tops are 3mm ply. I don't want to glue the track to the boards direct and the idea of a large bag of loose ballast and chasing round over 75 ft of track, with a pipette, does nothing for my enthusiasm.
I was not aware of the Tracklay System before and it looks more straightforward to fit than the Gaugemaster Underlay, although a little longer time to do.

Their website suggests after sticking the track to the Tracklay they should be pinned down to the baseboard. I would prefer to use a bead of glue, perhaps Copydex or even PVA, along the centreline, under the underlay. I am not sure how yours has been attached to the baseboard but guess pins as you are reusing some track and didn't say anything about peeling it up or easing any glue. Do you think that the Tracklay would be OK attached to the baseboard with Copydex along the centreline and then the outside edges would also help attach it where the side ballast is glued?


Question 2, which Tracklay do not address in their website, is passing the Droppers through the Tracklay to the centreline to a hole through the baseboard. There is plenty of thick foam on the Gaugemaster to hide the Dropper wire, is that also the case for the Tracklay or do you have to glue and cover the wires in ballast?


Thank you for reading.

Julian
Gaugemaster thread:- http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...mp;#entry270846
 

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Many thanks for the detail from both Anthony and Jimmy and of course that nice David Todd chap for kicking me in your direction.

Without having seen materials it is difficult to see what will work with what, particularly with flexible or soft stuff like underlay. Your comments have given me a really good picture and factual information about dimensions, which would have taken days of experimenting to find.

Many thanks to you all, there are some really good guys out there despite what the press say.


I would have posted earlier but the internet wireless wizzer stopped working for several hours, then the 2 x direct line phones ran out of battery in the middle of talking to the internet provider thus cutting me off, followed by the mobile running out of top-up in mid conversation when I got back to them again. [ One for you David, given the little proverbs at the base of your posts. The router eventually decided to come back all on its own while we were going through the final internal checks with another direct wired router. ] Probably not best described as the most productive day and my 6 yr old daughter took one look at the smoke from the ears and fire out of the nostrils and has been hiding for most of the day.

All the best to you all, there is definitely a pint in it if we ever cross tracks.


Julian
 

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Coincidence indeed, the October MR is sitting on my sofa waiting to be opened. I shall go and seek the article once the aforesaid little one has had enough of the latest story.

Assam, first class, is present all day and hope to get at least one to you sometime.

Retired a short while ago, from the RAF earlier and later from in front of classes who sit amazed that any human being can put up with daily antics which would make a tribe [ ? ] of Chimps look lazy. Not sure it was worth the pension. Being away from it makes you very aware of the word grateful.

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Hi Anthony,

Those backscenes are really smart stuff ....
but they should come with a bit of a warning not to use any glue that makes them significantly wet .... mine soaked it up and swelled unevenly .... then they can't be stuck to the Backboard, without creases ...
I even used the recommended ready made wallpaper Paste .......

I think Richard mentioned sealing the Backboard and using the Spray Mount or similar ... I tried that and it seems to work just fine ... as expected

J
 

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Hi Anthony,

QUOTE ....... running base that's 27" long but I don't need this.......

Was that a layout that went to Exhibitions? I did see one, earlier this year, at the Bentley Exhibition, Melksham [ think it was this year anyway ]
It looked quite tricky to operate ... fun though ...

QUOTE that's 27" long
That's an awful lot of baseboard just to get a crane and a few magnetic boxes ......


J
 
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