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Worried about a couple of code 55 issues

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Hello all,

After many struggles laying track I finally completed my main oval. When I started doing some tests I came across two worrying issues:

1) 1mm gaps in some insulated joins. Probably due to a combination of poor filling of the rail profile, the track shifting while placing nails or even movement caused by curved pieces of track that cause tension on the adjacent sections.
2) On some places I had to cut a bit of plastic from the turnouts to have enough space for a turnout connected to a double-slip. This required cutting a piece of the motor (PL-10xx) support area and also a bit of the tie bar. This of course compromised the turnout for future use.

So with these things making me question everything I would like to ask your opinion:

1) Is there anything that can be done to fill the gap on the insulation joiners? Or should I redo the whole thing?
2) Do people usually have to irreversibly cut expensive items like a turnout ? Or is there a non-destructive way of creating this particular combination ? (turnout after slip/crossing)

Thank you
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Point 1. The rail gap is OK, and especially so if there is significant temperature variation in the layout room, as it allows movement in
the event of expansion. (The physical effect of thermal expansion doesn't scale, so we need much larger gaps than scale.)

The track laying detail is easier with experience, you know to always make the sleeper cuts on the flexi where possible. Slip chairless
spare sleepers (spares from flexi off cuts) into the gaps under the railjoiners and fix them in place with whatever you ballast with.

Conquering the tendency of curved flexi to move adjacent track, sometimes you have to bend a slight 'set' into the rail ends of the flexi
to prevent this happening. Can also apply to joints in flexi that happen on curves to prevent visible 'dog legs'. Sounds more difficult than
it actually is in practise.

Where you have a hole to permit access for the point motor drive rod to the point tiebar, once the set up is satisfactory and tested, a
neat trick is to cover the hole with a piece of brown paper with slot cut in it to permit free movement of the tiebar drive rod. What you
do is slide in the piece of paper before starting ballasting. Makes for far less trouble from ballast falling through the access hole.
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