Solder the joints before bending the track. That way it won't kink.
(Learned once on an N scale module the hard way.)
Also, offset the joints, so that they're not right across from each
Finally, in your "tighter than normal" radius situation, I'd try to
leave as much of the ties intact, so they will support the rail and
help keep it in guage. (Perhaps use a heat sink when soldering to draw
heat away from the ties, which could warp them and exacerbate
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "raileditor" <almiller@v...> wrote:
> Okay, I got myself a package of Micro-Trains Flex Track (item #599)
> along with a bunch of IBL cork roadbed, and would like to use some of
> the 12-1/2" track sections for the small briefcase layout that I'm
> This layout will have tighter-than-normal curves, meaning a bit
> tighter than the tight-radius curve sections that come with most
> Marklin starter sets.
> I would like to solder the rail joints to avoid getting any kinks in
> the curves, and would appreciate tips from those who have dealt with
> this kind of installation in the past.
> I would like to do a bit of track laying this coming weekend, if
> possible, so any tips would be greatly appreciated.