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I like your tape idea, its simple and it would appear work too.

On track laying, I always draw a central pencil line along straight runs which is where I want the centre of that length of track.. Then I align my first length of track down the middle of this line. I use a one metre long metal rule which is place either edge on to the rails outer web or if space permits along the sleeper ends.. I pin the first length in place using the long rule to ensure the further point is in the correct place and then as I add lengths of track I simply move the rule along, keeping the rear part of the rule still against a good amount of the fixed track, this then ensures the track goes down nice and straight, but keep ensure its kept tight to the edge of the metal rule.

I use a Peco "00" track gauge (Little red plastic device with Settrack and Steamline track centring) where tracks run parallel to each other. Still keeping the metal rule placed along the newer track though, as this then ensures the correct inter track spacing and a nice straight finish to the track laying.

Of course the real thing isn't always that straight anyway!

As for the Channel Tunnel, I have been through numerous times and still can't get to grips with their pricing policy? We often pop over for a day trip (Beer and wine run etc) and get a £17.00-£19.00 day return ticket (2005)
but the normal period return is really expensive!
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