Tracklaying & Permanent Way Work

03 Jul 2007 - A start was made on toning down the appearance of the shiny black plastic sleepers that give a "toy" look to the Peco range. An off-white brown/yellow sand colour was used over all the track. However, the result was not particularly pleasing and further experimentation with a grayer colour is required.

track base colouring

01 Jul 2007 - After deliberating about the overall appearance of the track work given by the Peco Code 100 Setrack and Streamline system used it was decided that some effort was required to modify the track. All the track was therefore lifted and the plastic webbing was cut away to leave only the sleepers. These were then slid along the rails to give a more prototypical appearance. The sleepers were repositioned with a spacing of 4.9mm. This re-spacing was done for all track except the point work where only the excess webbing was removed. The track was then fixed to the baseboard using water diluted (50:50) PVA glue. Although the process took several hours and became rather tedious the overall appearance of the track has been improved.

modified Peco track

22 Jun 2007 - The points were all modified to enable live point blades and to prevent accidental shorting. For further details of these modifications follow the links to the pages for the SLE95, SLE96 and SLE99 points.

The track was then laid in accordance with the track plan starting from the cassette entrance and working methodically through each point to finish with the three Inglenook sidings. Wire droppers were fed through the baseboard from each point (both stock rails and the frog) and from the two isolated sections in the station and its siding. The track was fixed to the baseboard using double sided sticking tape.

The standard practise of using Peco insulated rail joiners for all rail joints where a frog faces another frog. In all other cases Peco metal rail joiner were used.

track laying

All the track used was from the Peco Code 100 range comprising of the following items: