Snap-tracks & trackside details
Since I don’t have the place to set up a permanent railroad, I’ve built a large number of snap-tracks, to set up temporary layouts. This makes it also possible to set up different layouts each time and at least to exhibit and operate my layout on conventions or other events.
I’ve used rails from www.wdef.de, welded on “helper-ties” of 15x3mm steel bars. The track-frames are then screwed to wooden main-ties. This results in a nice looking track and is easy to build. The steel-ties are giving the correct gauge even when the wooden ties are beginning to rot. Rotten ties can be replaced very easy. This construction is light weight compared to regular all steel tracks and cheaper as well.
Actually, I’ve approx 345 feet of track and 7 turnouts (1 three-way, 3 left hand and 3 right hand). All turnouts are built as stub switches and attacheable switchstand.
I also have a functional water tower as well as some trackside details and small sheds to set up a typical ready track.