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New to T Gauge

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:21 am
by Sallytrafic
Hi my name is Frank and I am actively considering a portable layout in T. I have found a rigid rifle case that would give me 118x38 cm for the layout. I have an extensive N gauge loft layout so not exactly a beginner. However before starting in T I think I need to decide between flexitrack or raised basic track. There seem to be pros and cons. I don't much like the look that the joiners give so that pushes me towards flexitrack. Then there are probably pitfalls in both systems. Then 'wider sleepers', 'fine track' what are those for/about? So perhaps some guidence from the forum please.

Re: New to T Gauge

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:04 pm
by gbtrains
HI Frank

I am Graham

Yep Flexi Track is easy to place down and stuck on level with double sided tape and can be cut to any length , fish plates are all double and so easy to fit onto another flexi.
If diciding to use set track , then yopu will need to map this out onto your layout to make fitting better. They are 4 radious in which to build corners from and evan angled and x crossings which may be more fun if you wanting to do do a loop going through a X.
If you are wanting a (HST) in long lenght then you will need to use the biggest size radious in set track as smaller curves ones can de rail them.
Also set track comes with fitting bases which can be fastened to the ground and then the track can be snapped onto it.

Please see t gauge.com site for more details and other fellow T gauges will reply to you on this site and I have a very good responce when I have been asking questions on this subject.

Regards
Graham
:D

Re: New to T Gauge

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:37 am
by Sallytrafic
Thanks Graham

Re: New to T Gauge

Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:12 pm
by Sallytrafic
More questions.

When curving Flexi track do people use templates?
I understand points have a dead area that causes stuttering so I intend to use hidden points only, is that a good plan?
Does acrylic paint stick oh to track and joiners.

Thanks in anticipatio.

Frank

Re: New to T Gauge

Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:28 pm
by dkightley
Hi Frank

I'd suggest only using a template to check that you haven't laid too tight a curve only...and not for anything else. Curves set by hand usually look a lot less false and more natural. If you're planning on laying twin track, then a set of track spacers from the TTG Shop is a must. Not only do they make laying cured sections a doddle, the will also give a realistic spacing for platforms. When I designed them, I didn't realise how good they were at making the job easy!!

If you're planning on "hidden" points, don't make them too hard to access......you'll get lots of derailments at points compared with elsewhere.

And I think that acrylic paint will stay on the plastic used for track. It certainly stays put on other plastics like PLA.