Raised Roadbeds on lumber - more work, less maintenance
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Author:  paulrace [ Fri May 16, 2014 11:07 am ]
Post subject:  Raised Roadbeds on lumber - more work, less maintenance

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Author:  paulrace [ Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Raised Roadbeds on lumber - more work, less maintenance

A reader writes:

Hi, with the portable railway system do you screw or nail the track once the support system is finished.
I think this system will suit a mate who is trying to figure out how to set up his LGB track.

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Sadly, in places with temperature extremes (like Springfield, Ohio), the brass expands and contracts much more than the wood. So I don't fasten my track down to wooden roadbed at all. Sometimes if you can figure out a place in your plan where expansion and contraction shouldn't have much affect, you could fasten the track down a place or two. If you're paranoid about it moving too far, you could drill a hole on either side of a tie, wrap a wire around the tie, stick it through the holes and fasten it LOOSELY underneath, so the track scan scooch around without coming completely off.

Inside, in a temperature controlled environment you don't need to worry about expansion and contraction so much, but you probably don't need to worry about your track coming off if you're not dealing with high winds or wildlife. :-)

Paul Race

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