I have a temporary loop that will eventually be a mountain pass, trestle, etc.
It will be removable until the scenery is complete. The rest of the layout is done with ME code 83 rail hand laid to Campbell profile ties and homosote.
I bought some Atlas code 83 flex track to use on this section because I saw no reason to hand-lay it. When I'm ready I can solder some short pieces of rail across the flex track to hold it in gauge, remove the plastic ties and install the bridge/trestle underneath. Turns out that the Atlas rail measures .090+ and ME rail joiners don't fit without a lot of filing and struggle. The rail heads are too tall even after managing to get the joiners on.
Frustrating when materials claiming to be made to some "standard" don't fit together.
The sub roadbed is attached with two thumbscrews so it's easily removed, maybe I should just skip the rail joiners altogether and do my best to line the rails up?
NO! Use rail joiners.
Try some Atlas ones to get them to fit right.
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I haven't decided exactly what I'm going to do there yet. I'll probably raise the base up some from where it is. Might be 24" or so from the track to the bottom, probably be some combination of ledge and trestle/bridge. I don't want to spend years carving rocks :-)
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