- Sep 23, 2013View Source
I used the Homabed, but a single strip of 1" x 1/4" thick product. The plan is to let the ballast make a natural shoulder. The ties on my flextrack overhang the roadbed nicely.
I took a tip from Model Railroader and use latex caulk to adhere the flex to the Homabed. Before I lay it, I drill about every 15th tie for spikes. The caulk provides some work time to let you align the track. I also use Fast Tracks turnouts, and have taken to NOT gluing them down, but spike them to the 1/4" Homabed I ordered for this purpose.
Oh, and I suggest painting the Homabed before you lay the track, not to seal the Homasote, but just to give some base color before you lay the track and ballast.
Leadville in Sn3
--- In email@example.com, <STBlanchard@...> wrote:Jim:Glad to hear you finally got your Homasote roadbed and are making good progress.I settled on using Woodland scenics Track-Bed that I put down with their adhesive. Fastened flex track and Fast Tracks turnouts using clear LOCTITE Polyseamseal Calk + (original adhesive caulk.) It tacks up nicely, holds firm and over two seasons has been very stable. The combination is absolutely quiet runningRecommend testing a section. Spread thin film with putty knife and align track. I used a light weight on a piece of 1x4 for 15 - 20 minutes. Have not yet painted ties or used ballast. It is paintable and, guaranteed for 50 years. We should be so lucky.Steve
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:53:53 -0700
Subject: [NWNG-Sn3Group] Flextrack methodology...(??)
Hi all…Well, it’s just about “Show Time” as I’m getting ready to finally put some track down so I thought that I’d solicit some input from you guys!In the interests of expediency combined with the overall quality, I’ve elected to utilize flextrack but with custom built (Fast Tracks) #7 turnouts instead of the PBL #6’s that I’d used on my last layout. I also decided to use the lower profile “branch line” Homasote roadbed this time as I felt in hindsight that the full height product that I used previously looked a bit too main line for a narrow gauge application.My roadbed is now glued down, the kerfs filled and sanded, and everything sealed with a light earth tone primer paint.So the Question is: what is everyone using to attach the flextrack to their roadbed? As far as I recall last time, I used my favourite yellow carpenter’s glue and held the track down and in position with little pin board tacks until everything set up, when I removed them and then came back and ballasted everything.Thoughts? Suggestions? Opinions?jim