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Laying Flex Track across Trestle Bents
By: Craig    Date: 2008-11-11
Keeping the Ties Evenly Spaced!
Initially - You want your Trestle Bents installed and dry. Bents should be leveled to your layout. You will find ACC to be a good adhesive to use for this project.

Installing Flex Track on your Trestle bents is a safe and accurate way to get rail across the Trestle - and still look like the Prototype. The purpose of this article is to show how to install Flex Track on top of Trestle Bents.

Additional wood ties are pre-stained - and cut to length at 10 scale feet for most DRGW/RGS trestles. May be different on your prototype. Use a small jig to keep the ties centered. As you can see in the photo - small rubber bands were used while the ACC was setting. Simply center the track by using your thumb and fore-finger.

Initially you want to flip the Flex Track over and remove the plastic spacers that hold the ties together - this can be easy to accomplish by using a modeling knife.

First Photo shows laying a wood tie in between each plastic tie - Using ACC - glue each tie just enough to hold it. Keeping the spacing between each tie even. At this point you can see the difference between the tie color.

Additional wood ties are pre-stained - and cut to length at 10 scale feet for most DRGW/RGS trestles. May be different on your prototype. Use a small jig to keep the ties centered. As you can see in the photo - small rubber bands were used while the ACC was setting. Simply center the track by using your thumb and fore-finger.

It may take a few evenings to do this chore if your trestle longer. Easily done in one evening if you have a small trestle.

Please Note: Be sure to give yourself an extra 6 inches or more of track on each end of the trestle. This is a transition area - and a solid piece of Flex Track will bridge over this transition area and be a smooth install. For longer Trestles - Use Rail Joiners and solder to join your Track before initial install.

Close-up Photos of this Project are available upon request. This Article is not to be Sold or Duplicated for Sale.

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A Larger Photo of Rubber Bands and Pins Holding Track in Place
Very Accurate and Safe to Run Locomotives Over Your Trestle
The Final Phase of Flex Track Installation!
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