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Modelling Tip Of The Day – 39

Modelling Tip Of The Day – 39

Modelling Tip Of The Day – 39

This Modelling Tip Of The Day is an ongoing series, in which we’ll be posting a modelling tip that may be of use to the newbie right up to the seasoned modeller.

Today’s tip is:

Copper Clad Sleepers – Baseboard Joints

On layouts that feature removable baseboard sections i.e. lifting baseboard sections, transportable baseboard sections etc use copper clad sleepers. Copper clad sleepers range in various sizes & lengths & it is recommended to use these on trackwork crossing over the end of removable baseboard sections. This will or should hold the trackwork firmly in place & prevent any movement & damage to the track work.

To install the copper clad sleepers:

  • Lay trackwork over the baseboard joint
  • Remove a couple of sleepers from either side of the baseboard joint
  • Cut copper clad sleepers to length
  • Lay copper clad sleepers under the rails along either side of the baseboard joint
  • Glue or drill & screw copper clad sleeper to the baseboard (If gluing allow time for glue to dry)
  • Cut a slot through the top copper clad section of the sleeper (This will prevent an electrical short)
  • Now solder the rails to the sleepers
  • Test run rolling stock to check for any issues
  • Cut the rails across the top of the baseboard joint
  • Make sure rail ends are clear of any flash & burrs
  • Test run trains over the baseboard joint

This tried & tested method works very well & works very well indeed. For copper clad sleepers search online for Wizzard Models who supply copper clad sleepers.


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