Track fixing screw or nail

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Dgs8899

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Having just started to build garden layout fixed on wooden posts with track on wooden cross pieces covered by thin roofing felt, what are the best screws or nails to use? Track is aristocraft. Once it's fixed and I am happy with positioning will then ballast. Many thanks for any advice.
 
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any nails, that get rusty. stainless nails slip out again over time.
 
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Paradise

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Perhaps with small nails on outside of rail halfway between sleepers/ties on the straights to keep it moving from side to side (leave a little loose) and let the curves float to take up expansion.
 
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I have used a bit of both. My choice is for small nails with a Flat Round Head that go into a slightly oversized hole drilled to the outside bit of the sleeper each side of the rail. Do not be tempted to bang them in too far. My friend uses horrible Copper coloured Nails with a splurge as the head that damage the track severely, keep on telling him not to use them but he still does. Trashes the Chairs as there is no flexibility.

If you use Screws use Round Headed Real Brass Ones again outside of the Rail and again with a little bit of movement allowed though this means larger holes in the Sleepers.

Depending on how you Ballast the Track long term life of the Nails or Screws is probably irrelevant, many of the Steel Nails I used have rusted away but as my Ballast is glued with PVA External Variety let down 40/50 with water the fixings become irrelevant.
 
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You don't want this if you need to pull it up.
This I'm told is in excellent condition from a German train dealer even though the eBay ad was picture perfect. He refused to understand what my problem was when I insisted on a discount. I'll nail him. :D

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You don't want this if you need to pull it up.
This I'm told is in excellent condition from a German train dealer even though the eBay ad was picture perfect. He refused to understand what my problem was when I insisted on a discount. I'll nail him. :D

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That is why you need to use real Brass Screws, no Rust!
 
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On my flexitrack, I've used small screws lighty on the curves, and left the straights to float, seems to have worked in the heat, so hopefully it'llbe fine in the cold
 
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Definitely use screws not nails, preferably rust-proof. Easier to drive in and out.
My line was near ground level fixed to a long thin framework rather than directly on the ground. I used screws on the outside of the sleepers rather than in the middle.
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It seems that if you use ballast that has a water glue holding it, that the track would not move around and there would be no need for nails or screws.