and it's a well trodden pathWhen you get get me some of the information, then I can help make recommendations on what you should have done, and now how to correct it, and how to go forwards.
Without knowing specifics (like joiner type) it's just wasting keystrokes.
I agree it does look good, but it will come at a great cost of cleaning. Clay and grit stuck in your engines will in no way improve it's running abilities, and dirt has a way of getting into every little crevice going, especially after rain. That's why a decent firm base is desirableI do like the look of having the tracks directly on the clay earth.
As Paul says no matter the type of track as you are into testing trying to find out what you want squeezing the fishplates in just by the rail will keep you going for some time. Once the track has tarnished putting graphite paste in would have little effect. However if your track is LGB, Piko, Trainline 45, Aristo (or other code 332) then using Massoth Clamps may be a worthwhile though, as these are screw fitted (remove the old fishplates) alterations are quite simple and they will keep your track nicely connected over rough terrain. You do not need to clean the track either when fitting them as the screw will score its own clean bit as you tighten them up. Of course you will still need to clean the top surface for good wheel electrical contact.Ok. I will start to get that info. It was running fine then ran into problems at the joints. The track is just laying on the ground and not secured to anything. So bound to have some problems to work out.
Be cautious about pinning the track and using clamps, the track need to expand and with clamps the whole section of track moves, but if pinning can cause issues.Ok thanks. With my ho scale I just sodder the main line. Garden tracks are too pricy to wreck them like that. I do like the look of having the tracks directly on the clay earth. Today I started putting small nails into the track holes. This will give the tracks a bit more stability.
Jimmy he is just putting nails through track into the ground, I cant see that being too much of a problem using clamps as well.Be cautious about pinning the track and using clamps, the track need to expand and with clamps the whole section of track moves, but if pinning can cause issues.