I've got to say that track construction and laying is far from the top of my preferences. However, without trackwork it wouldn't really be a model railway, would it? So, I persevere! Having almost completed the pointwork on board No.2, I turn my attention to spanning the joins between the two boards.
You will remember that Edward helped me construct some very accurate boards using what was effectively a kit of pieces from Alan Smith. The quality of these, especially the joins, has proved invaluable. Each time I join up two boards, they come to exactly the same position.
Now, having purchased some milled sleepering for baseboard joins, I proceed. A piece of Easitrac was made up, but with a ten sleeper gap in the middle. The milled sleepers were PVA'd across a board join and allowed to thoroughly dry. I then placed the Easitrac over this join and glued that in alignment with the track on each board. Once the Easitrac PVA had set, I inserted individual chair etches (Fencehouses) between milled sleepers and rail and soldered them solid.
Notice that there are three different track methods in evidence below; Easitrac, milled PCB unit and, at the join between two Easitrac sections, single PCB sleepers with Fencehouses etches:
Happy that all was solidly affixed to each other, I took the piercing saw and carefully slit through the rail and PCB base to re-establish the baseboard split:
I hope to progress and complete board No.2 in the next few days and then carry onto the final scenic board. Then wiring and point operation will be the priority...