I have not done too much hand laying of H0 track but the little bit I did
was some 30+ years ago. Believe I used Campbell wood ties...not sure they
are still made. Anyway, I used H0n3 spikes by Lambert (no longer in
existence) Still have 1 or 2 1/2 pound jars of those spikes. Those
spikes are a bit smaller than the regular (at least back then) H0 spikes.
For code 100, I used full depth ties glued to wood-fibre ceiling tile
(no longer available here.)
I glued the code 70 rail to the ties. Run a bead of Pliobond along the
bottom of the rail, and let it dry completely. Lay it in position, add
enough spikes to hold it, and run a hot 100 watt soldering iron along
the top. The heat will melt the Pliobond into the ties, and after
setting, the rail just stays there, so you can pull the spikes if you like.
BTW, to get a good flat and even surface for track laying, stain the
ties, and sand them gently with a long sanding block until all of the
tie tops are unstained again. Then you know that the ties are all on the
same level. Restain, and lay your rail.
I still have a number of hand-laid turnouts scavenged from the old
layouts. These were built on suitably shaped pieces of roadbed on the
workbench, and inserted in the layout. I will use them agaain Someday
Real Soon Now... ;-)
But I don't handlay track anymore. Saves little or no money, and painted
and weathered flextrack looks as good if not better.
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