Re: entering a new Z-world
- Ole, Dieter, and the list:
Just a couple of observations.
First, for those folks who use white glue to hold cork, rail and ballast
down, its really not a problem to get it back up for track changes. You just
get an atomizer and start spraying water on it. Really soak it. Then go
away for a few minutes. When you return, all that nice water soluable glue
has let go, and you can pull up the track without a problem. It is not always
possible to save the cork as you pull it up, but its the cheapest part of
But the recovered track is a mess at that point, with all that glue in the
tieplates and that yucky ballast hanging on. When your wife is not looking,
put the track in the top basket of your electric dishwasher and turn it on.
No, its not toxic. Be SURE to take it out before the dry cycle, or turn off
the heat-dry function. It will be absolutely as new as store-fresh track
when you put the dishes away (so your wife will not spot the track in there).
Second, I don't notice many of you on the list talking about Xuron rail
cutters. They are a specialized "wire cutter" with the angle of the cutting
edges set to cut track, not wires. $10usd mail order. Makes an absolutely
perfect cut in Marklin, Peco and MT track. Better than a motorized tool by
far, for a clean 90 degree cut. So smooth that you do NOT need to do any
filing at all, ever. In Z scale it works best if you cut from top-to-bottom.
In N and HO it works best from side-to-side cuts. Does not screw up the
bottom of the rails, so railjoiners of any brand have no problem sliding on
Please note, that if you use the tool to cut anything but track (wire,
plastic, etc.) it will probably never be usable for cutting track after that.
So treat it as a specialized tool for a specialized job, and get a pair of
imported China-made wire cutters for everything else if you are on a tight
Point three: There is a member of the list that is already putting the best
of the best solutions discussed (and agreed to by others) on his web site,
for future references.
Would that person care to "plug" his web site (hint, hint)?
By the way, what is the European word for "tieplate"?