This part is about Flush end track. If you want to run reliable
trains, this is the most important part. You can improve the performance of even existing modules by using a 'flush
end template system' for building your track right up to the edge of the module.
The advantages of a flush end system for track are substantial
when compared to the traditional bridge plate system used throughout the U.S. and Canada.
- Much quicker set up: you are done as soon as you clamp the
modules and connect the wiring plugs together. (about 90 sec. if your clamps are stiff and need oil)
- More reliable trains: with only one track joint between modules
instead of two for a bridge plate, the number of locations for a derailment is reduced by half. Also, fixed track at the edge
can be made perpendicular to the end of the module in both the verticle and horizontal planes. This ensures a smooth transition
for trains as they cross the joint to the next module. (possibally the biggest factor for running long trains.
- Variable rail sizes: modules with different rail sizes can
be joined without making any changes to the track or modules. (example; a module with hand layed code 55 connects to a module
with code 83 flex track).
The advantages mentioned above can be enjoyed by the user of
a template with different dimentions than ours, and by modelers of different scales. We are not promoting our template
here, we are promote the use of a template. Feel free to use our template as a starting point to design your own if
you like. And if you like ours, you are welcome to use it.
Before you move on to reading this page, keep this in mind.
The template system for flush end track is like most other aspects of model railroading. It is simple, but not easy. All of
this stuff requires some experience to get the maximum benefit. We are not saying that your trains won't run properly
after your first try. We are saying that if you take your time, think things through and ask questions when needed, you will
succeed the first time and it will quickly get easier. If you have questions the link below will take you to our Yahoo site.
Many members check in daily and it serves as a hangout of sorts too.