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Flex track minimum length for new layout

Kirk R ·
I'm designing my layout that'll be mostly Ross switch and Ross sectional track and roadbed. Will use Gargrave flex for many places. I'm using AnyRail software and inevitably have a few areas that need a filler piece that's not standard. If I fill that with Gargrave's flex it could be pretty small (a few inches) which doesn't sound structurally like a good idea. Should I remove another section of track and go for a longer piece of flex track (maybe a foot) that's easier to manage in its place...
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Re: WTB GARGRAVES 37 INCH FLEX TRACK, AND MIDWEST CORK ROAD BED

bluelinec4 ·
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Re: WTB GARGRAVES 37 INCH FLEX TRACK, AND MIDWEST CORK ROAD BED

Alex M ·
Ralph, this post is on the WTB, not the for sale. I'm calling you now !!!! Alex
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Re: WTB GARGRAVES 37 INCH FLEX TRACK, AND MIDWEST CORK ROAD BED

Doug N ·
Alex, I have what you want. Email me.
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Re: 26AWG ULTRA FLEX WIRE IS HERE

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
We just changed the heading of the topic Dave, LBR
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Re: Flex track minimum length for new layout

Mixed Freight ·
I would remove a piece of sectional and go with a longer piece of flex or sectional track, cut to fit. Short fitter pieces can cause a noticeable "bump" later on when your trains are running, as they may not lay perfectly flat with respect to the adjacent rails. Longer pieces of track are much easier to manage and greatly reduce or totally eliminate the chance of being flat with adjacent pieces. Paul.
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Re: Flex track minimum length for new layout

Dennis Rempel ·
I have a short piece in my layout and it's OK but if I was doing it again I would do like Paul above.
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Re: Flex track minimum length for new layout

Ken-Oscale ·
I agree with a moderate size piece of flex rather than a sectional piece plus a short flex. There is also the advantage of fewer rail joints. So it becomes bit of a balancing act.
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Re: Flex track minimum length for new layout

necrails ·
Think if it in terms of laying a floor, would you want to look at a bunch of whole pieces and then one thin slice of something. If you have a for example 38 inch length of track and the flex track is only 36 inches what I would do is divide the 38 section by 2 and use two pieces cut to length. You still have the same number of joints but the spacing is better.
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Re: Flex track minimum length for new layout

Boilermaker1 ·
Minimize the joints. Use the longest piece of track that fits in the space.
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Dennis LaGrua ·
In some cases you end up with a short piece of flex track needed to complete the loop. If you can't shorten the two sections before the small space equally so that you can fill the space with a larger section, put the small cut section in, solder it in place and smooth the joints with a Dremel tool. You should have no problems with this.
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Re: Flex track minimum length for new layout

Kirk R ·
Thanks guys. Kind of what I had thought.
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Re: Any Good Way To Ballast HO Flex Track?

Brendan ·
You won't be able to spread glue between the rails/ties. I suggest perusing youtube for tutorials. Brendan
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Re: Any Good Way To Ballast HO Flex Track?

GVDobler ·
No easy way. I have made a cardboard template to spread the ballast evenly across the roadbed. I always pour the diluted Elmer glue mix over the finished job to hold it it place. If you put the glue on first you won't get much ballast attached to glue. Watered down elmers dries clear.
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Re: Any Good Way To Ballast HO Flex Track?

RDGCO.Productions ·
Thank you, so the best is to just leave the rails' middle alone and just do the outer side?
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Re: Any Good Way To Ballast HO Flex Track?

RDGCO.Productions ·
I've heard the best thing to do is put a small layer on the bottom, then ballast, and then another coat to let it all stick together while the bottom hold it in place, would that work?
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Re: Any Good Way To Ballast HO Flex Track?

Brendan ·
You really need to just watch someone do it. It is easy. Tedious, but easy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svu_nKj74qc Brendan
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Re: Any Good Way To Ballast HO Flex Track?

RDGCO.Productions ·
Thank you for the video, it'll come in handy when I start Ballasting tommorow.
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Re: Bending GarGraves flex track

mike g. ·
Hi Joe, You can pretty much bend it to what you want. Just make sure you make a jig for what you want and go slow and easy. It takes time, as I had to do a lot of it on my old layout.
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Re: Bending GarGraves flex track

xferyard ·
It can be, it takes time an patience. We use jigs cut to a slightly smaller radius.
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Re: Bending GarGraves flex track

Jim 1939 ·
Once you have put a flex in it...It will bend if you screw it down as you go,
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AG ·
it could, just use globes and use a 0-31 curved track as a jig. and space the ties before bend it. Andre.
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Re: Bending GarGraves flex track

Dennis ·
Bend and screw it down as you go as Jim says but be sure to continuously straighten and respace the ties as you go too. Dennis
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Re: Bending GarGraves flex track

dobermann ·
Thanks everyone I thought I read somewhere that it could only be bent down to a certain radius but couldn't find that information anywhere. 38's a pretty sharp bend. joe
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Re: Bending GarGraves flex track

John C. ·
You can bend that stuff as tight as you want, but as everyone advised above take your time and work it gently and slowly.
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Re: Bending GarGraves flex track

xferyard ·
Here is a picture of the jig we used to bend Dual Gauge track down to an O-80. We cut a jig and then attached that to another piece of plywood. 3-4 ties were removed from each end. Next, the track was bent from about 6" inched from the end of the track slowly bending and working the ties. When installed we will have lines drawn to follow and will work from one end to the other.
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Bending GarGraves flex track

dobermann ·
Does anybody know if the flex track can be bent to 038? It's for a dummy siding with a sharp curve. Thanks joe
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Gargraves flex track help

dangerwildmike ·
has anyone created a template for this?  Like 036 042 054 etc.  I think I'm going to try to design my layout around 054 for the curves and was wondering how to make a template for easier bending or if there is an easier way. 
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ALL SCALES: 26AWG Super Flex Wire Soon

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
Coming to our L.E.D. page will be the most used gauge of wire for model trains now days. We will be offering 26AWG SUPER FLEX wire in ten (10) foot rolls. Somewhat higher in price than the Teflon coated 26AWG wire but well worth the difference do to it's flexing capabilities when used for a tether or other applications where flexibility is a must. Dave, LBR
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26AWG ULTRA FLEX WIRE IS HERE

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
26AWG PVC Coated Ultra Flexible Sub-Miniature & Microminiature Wire For General Model Train Use Where Flexing Without Work Hardening Properties Are A Must. Teathers, etc. 10 ft. roll, BLACK: $12.50 ea. (includes shipping in CONUS) BUY HERE: http://lbrenterprisesllc.homes...html?_=1455800106706 Dave, LBR
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24AWG SUPER FLEX wire offered soon

CUSTOM "O" DECALS ·
We will be, in the very near future, be offering #24AWG SUPER FLEX electrical hook up wire. Please stay tuned. Dave, LBR
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WTB GARGRAVES 37 INCH FLEX TRACK, AND MIDWEST CORK ROAD BED

Alex M ·
Hello everyone, I'm in need of 3 rail Phantom regular 37 inch flex, item 101  12 to 15 pieces. Must be new or slightly used. Midwest cork roadbed, same amount to accommodate the track. Thanks, Alex
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How to Flex Track

UPMav#488 ·
Greeting all. So with the layout I’m building I need a section of flex track. I have the right tool for it. But how do cut the track to fit with the layout and not push the track apart? I am new to using flex track so may input would be nice.
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Any Good Way To Ballast HO Flex Track?

RDGCO.Productions ·
Ok, so I'm just making this topic to ask the fourm if you all have a specific and effective way of ballasting flex track and Cork roadbed. I was just visiting a closing Railroad shop not too far from my home and I found woodland senics ballast on sale and I need it, so I bought the packs and now I'm a little confused. My plan is to make a small mixture between elemer's glue and water, and gently spread it between the two roadbeds, (because ym track is double tracked), on the outside of the...
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Re: Gargraves flex track help

J Daddy ·
I just bought one section of Atlas track and drew it out on plywood. Created a gauge/ template for 072, 081, and 0100. For really difficult areas I left the desired minimal radii section in the curve and ran flex track out of the center of the curve.
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Mike CT ·
We used a large compass. Screw the track in place about ever 4" as you make the arc. Idea is to keep the ball point pen on the center rail as you make the bend.
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Re: Gargraves flex track help

DoubleDAZ ·
Mike, how tight have you been able to bend GarGraves flex? Do you just pull on the track, tack it down every 4" and pull the next section in place? Or is there a tool involved?
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Re: Gargraves flex track help

Mike CT ·
As pictured the green pen is about 36" radius, O 72, the module is 4' X 4'. Inside radius is 4 1/4" less 31 3/4" O63 1/2. The piece, laying free, not installed, is pre-bent by hand, note that there is a good bit of work positioning the ties. All Gargraves track pictured was used from another layout. Two DeWalt (Yellow) tools are pictured. Left is a drill/driver, with a 5/64" drill bit, to pre-drill the ties. Right is an impact drive, with a #1 bit to install Atlas track screws. As the track...
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Re: Gargraves flex track help

Gregg ·
It's tough.. Anything smaller that 072 I would go with sectional track for a perfect curve. Some guys like Mike CT can do a great job . I find it just too difficult to get it right and have it stay right. (2 cents worth).
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scale rail ·
I have 072 only so I use Lionel 072 track as a guild. I use the outside rail so it's a little bigger. Don
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Re: Gargraves flex track help

mike g. ·
For me in the past I have found it easier to trace out the curve on a piece of plywood, Cut the plywood to that shape and screw it to the bench top. I then place my track with one end against the jig and clamp it in place. Then just take my time and work from the clamped end around, NOTE- you will have to do this a couple times to get the tie spaced right. But once your done it will hold its form almost to the T.
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Re: Gargraves flex track help

Dennis Rempel ·
I have Gargraves flex track 17 1/2" radus or 35" dia. curves at the center rail. I bend it around a round drill press table set on a table. The track is springy get it close to the corect radus, saw off the ends to get straight across ends. Its hard to get the ends of the curve to be the correct curve. I sawed 3 grooves to fit over the track in a stick of wood and use this tool to bend the curve to be correct on the ends of each Gargraves piece.
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Re: Gargraves flex track help

Bill Cantrell ·
I cut a "42 curve" in a piece of 1/2 or 3/4" plywood, laid it flat on the table, then bent the pieces to conform. I connected and soldered the joints before trying to bend a curve made of two pieces.
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AMCDave ·
I cut from ply a curve that I use to bend the GG track. To get the final radii I just re-bend to the exact radii I have drawn on the roadbed. Bending GG is NO where near the horror story I always heard. In fact it was too easy....figured I was doing something wrong.
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Re: Gargraves flex track help

mike g. ·
Hey Dave was that with wood ties>?
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AMCDave ·
SS rail with wood ties.....but same results with tin rails and wood ties.
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mike g. ·
Is the track eiser to bend with plastic tracks?
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mike g. ·
Hey Dave, Its vodu cause not to many people want to take on bending and breaking such nice track! bUT IF YOU DONT TRY you wont learn.
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Re: Gargraves flex track help

mike g. ·
Is it easier to bend the ones with plastic ties?
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necrails ·
In response to how small can you bend it I did create a reverse loop for my trolley line once that fit inside a lionel 0-27 circle. In fact that is how I bent it, inside a half circle of 027. That loop has since been dismantled but it worked fine.
 
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