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Thread: Two lost ties, Oh the horror!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Colorado, Kansas, and servicing all points between

    Unhappy Two lost ties, Oh the horror!

    Working on the HO scale modulars for the Christmas Forest, I found I had to replace a section of track with an 18" radius "S" curve. Attempt fit, file, fit again, etc. Get all done and put it in for permanent - SNAP! I lost two ties on the one end. First ties I've lost working with flex track in decades. Sigh. I think I was trying to use too large a gauge of wire on the feeder on the bottom of the rail joiner (another configuration I don't normally use).
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    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Caboolture in SE Queensland, Australia


    Ties are "old hat" now mate. Not many wear them any more, So are old hats.

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    Might not be the best solution Horseman but why not sand back the tops of the ties you have in the picture and just slide them beneath the rails? They wont be attached to anything, other than the roadbed, but might work for you.

    In line with what Toot said - I still have a few ties from my "working days" you can have

    (aka wombat457)

    "...knowing what to do is one thing, being able to do it is another..."

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    I use rail nippers to nip off the fake spike-head details, and then use a needle file to file down the spike plate detail. With those gone, the ties slide easily under the joiners.

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    I would just burn the whole thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D&J RailRoad View Post
    I would just burn the whole thing.
    That's a bit extreme, don't you think?
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    That is why I have kept sections of old brass rail, fiber ties around all these years. Undo the brass staples holding the ties to the rails, snip off the number of ties you need and slip them under the empty spaces. Spike them, glue them or just leave them loose. Looks fine.

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    Here's an easy way to dress up the track joints:
    Questions answered, Answers questionable.

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    Hey, that's neat! I'll have to bookmark that case I run out of fiber ties and brass rail! Since those replacement ties are made of plywood, would you have to pre-drill holes for spikes?

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    Hmm good question about the holes!
    I'd assume you would.
    Yeah bookmark for sure, he has some other pretty cool stuff and ships free!
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