In starting the middle board, we decided that we really would get it started and that involved laying some cork to bring the track bed up to the height of the other boards. This is just 3mm cork tile from the DIY superstore. It’s also something that Erik could do, under supervision.
Tim Horn‘s board kits have the centre line marked accurately* on the top surface to aid in laying track. The Frem0n30 standards demand that the track is laid right to the baseboard edge, which obviously makes it vulnerable in transit. This is where the Gapmasters come in, both aligning and anchoring the track at the interface.
Flushed with the success of the straight boards, it was time to tackle the corner boards. As a precaution, which proved to be unnecessary, the sides were thoroughly wetted and bent, in the hope that they wouldn’t crack or split during assembly.
Well, today was one of those dry days and, between two of us, the four board kits were assembled. Tim Horn‘s instructions were not specific to the boards ordered but only because they’d been modified to include the Frem0n30 endplates. However, such is the quality of his kits that instructions really aren’t necessary.
Everyone who’s ever built a sectional or modular model railway layout knows not to rely on pins or glue to hold the track down at the baseboard edges, as it’ll tear or break eventually.
Erik and I spent half hour this evening cutting cork tiles to form the underlay for the track. We dug two half circles of track out of the boxes and arranged them on the two boards forming the test track.
With the help of Uncle Brian, Erik measured up the boards to mark out the positions of the longitudinal rails before drilling and countersinking the holes, then gluing and screwing the wood into position.
One of the many joys of 0n30 modelling is that there’s a prototype for pretty much everything and, if there isn’t, it’s your railway any way! The Rio Florida Logging Company is my friend’s 0n30 layout which I’ve helped to operate various parts of at exhibitions. This is the story of the necessity for and […]