Another Question Regarding Gargraves "Sectional" Track...

I just scored some more of this stuff; unlike my previous track of this brand, the curved pieces have plastic ties and the extra metal "supports" are close to the rails, as opposed to towards the outer edges of the ties:

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...the wood ties are to the top; the plastic below.

In this same batch came (2) non-flexible 37" pieces of straight track with the "supports" towards the outer ends of the ties...with wood ties.

I think on the one hand I prefer the look of the wood; after all, it has the wood grain (obviously!) By the same token, having those "supports" close to the rails makes them less noticeable...kinda.

The Gargraves website shows the plastic tie track is available only in 3-rail O; S gauge sectional comes with wood ties only.

Does anyone here know why this came about...or even care? 

I'm just curious: my Flyers seem run on either type equally well...

 

Mark in Oregon

 

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The extra "supports" are made out of plastic in O gauge.  The "supports" are used to keep the track in the curve radius, so the track would not change radius.  You can cut the supports out, they are not glued in on O gauge track, just pressed in to the ties.  The different locations of the supports between plastic and wood ties maybe from past experiences GG has had using wood vs plastic for ties.

Keith Johnson

If you use either track on a permanent layout and add ballast to the track you won't see either support as it will be buried in the ballast. I wouldn't remove the supports unless you absolutely need to as they keep the track geometry in good alignment with minimal need for track screws, etc.

Mark

CBS072 posted:

The extra "supports" are made out of plastic in O gauge.  The "supports" are used to keep the track in the curve radius, so the track would not change radius.  You can cut the supports out, they are not glued in on O gauge track, just pressed in to the ties.  The different locations of the supports between plastic and wood ties maybe from past experiences GG has had using wood vs plastic for ties.

Keith: You're right; the ones used on S gauge track are plastic also. The way they are machined make them look like metal. The ones with wood ties indeed look to be a press fit; those with the plastic ties certainly look like they are glued in place.

"Banjoflyer": True, ballast will cover them. In any case, I would not be removing them; no reason to...

Thanks!

Mark in Oregon

Good for you! When and if you decide to secure the track to the bench work top don't use nails of any kind. The fastener I prefer is a #6 X 1" square drive trim screw. The square drive hole doesn't stand out as much as a phillips head screw does.

Predrill the ties where you want a screw with a bit sized to allow the threads to slide through the hole. The slightly larger screw head will sufficiently "grab" the tie without splitting it.

At some point you will need to re-position the track and you'll be glad you used screws vs. nails.

Mark

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