A few months ago (well actually 15 months), I posted about the ‘Gapmaster’ range of etched PCB sleeper sections, pre-tinned to solder the track to. The original post is here. I got hold of some of these neat fittings from the USA.
Tidying up the track on my new module gave a chance to use a few of these sections.
So here’s the end of my new N-club scenic module. I lifted the track and relayed it, replacing the solid PCB board with Gapmasters. I found that the Peco code 55 rail had to be reduced in height a little – perhaps half the ‘foot’ of the rail that makes code 80 look like code 55. No doubt the Gapmasters are designed for Atlas or MicroEngineering track. This took a few minutes with a largish file, and a touch of flux and solder made a solid end joint. The rather nasty looking wiring is still to be resoldered (or replaced). I’m very pleased with the end result, that gives a good looking but robust joint between baseboards. The sleeper spacing is too close for the UK, but this is hardly noticeable at the end of a board – and the adjoining Peco track is wrong as well….
And with ballasting beckoning, how about one of these (HT RMWeb)…..