“Aligners” for Connecting Rail
Flextrack needs to be connected by “rail joiners”. I prefer to call them “aligners” as they really can’t be relied on to JOIN or at least electrically connect two pieces of track. They do a good job of keeping the ends of the track in-line.
But don’t rely on them for electrical connections!
The photo above shows from the top:
- a standard Peco “joiner” for Code 75 flex track (which is what I use on my layout).
- a shortened joiner which aligns the track, but is SHORT enough to be moved along the rail if track adjustment or point removal is needed (trust me , it will be!)
I have had cause to remove points which were glued to the road bed with latex carpet cement. Brushing some water around the sleepers freed the point after 10 or 15 minutes and then slide the joiners sideways to lift the point out.
- a small tool consisting of 2 offcuts of rail soldered together so that the smaller joiners can be held on the LH end to trim the ends neatly.
The tool is also useful to ensure that the ends of the shortened joiner will easily slide on the rails.
SHORTENED JOINERS: to make these:
- cut the Peco joiner in half with a motor tool (get 2 for the price of 1!)
to do this I hold the joiner in one end of the jig which is held in a vice.
- file the ends square – to do this hold it with the shorter end of the little jig in the top photo.
- scrub the end of the joiner with a wire brush to clean out the end.