Walthers roundhouse - installing track

Discussion in 'N Scale' started by GNFA310, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. GNFA310

    GNFA310 TrainBoard Member TrainBoard Supporter

    I just finished building the Walthers roundhouse and am ready to install track in the bays, but I'm a little unsure about what to use to "glue" the track in place and how to go about attaching wiring.

    For anyone who has already accomplished this, what tips might one offer to accomplish this task?

    TIA! :tb-smile:
  2. Nick Lorusso

    Nick Lorusso TrainBoard Member

    I've attached the wires on the leads to the stalls close to the turn table.
  3. Pete Nolan

    Pete Nolan TrainBoard Member TrainBoard Supporter

    That's about what I did. On some stalls I soldered second leads to the bottom of the tracks inside the roundhouse.
  4. GNFA310

    GNFA310 TrainBoard Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Wiring lead tracks would be easier ... somehow I had the thought that the wire leads had to be attached to the stall tracks.

    Also what did you use to hold the tracks in place during installation? Just regular modeling glue; or something like contact cement? :tb-wacky:
  5. Rob de Rebel

    Rob de Rebel Permanently dispatched

    Contact cement is too fast and permanent, if you misalign the track, it will be hell to remove it. I would use construction adhesive, align the track, aka the bridge, place a bead of construction adhesive, (grabit will work) flatten it out with spatula, lay track aligning the rail ends to bridge.

  6. Nick Lorusso

    Nick Lorusso TrainBoard Member

    push pins white glue and water in a spray bottle

    MOPACJAY TrainBoard Member

    I soldered the leads on the end of the tracks,so with my soldering skills they make a natural wheel stop,heh heh.I assembled my roundhouse on a base,so I drilled holes and dropped the wires through.I used solid rather than stranded wire,and found pleasantly that this helps hold the track in place.I used the aforementioned white glue with good results.I used and atlas turntable with it so some fudging of lead lenghths had to be worked out.I wired mine so each stall can be turned on/off,and used a pushbutton contact for the turntable itself.I can then pull the engine on the turntable,release the button,rotate the turntable,press again and onto the lead we go.Keeps me from overshooting the turntable.
  8. Calzephyr

    Calzephyr TrainBoard Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Don't forget to show us some assembly pictures while you're building it!!

    I've got a few sitting around for me to get motivated to build :embarrassed:... and could use some pointers... with pictures.
  9. okane

    okane TrainBoard Member TrainBoard Supporter

  10. Calzephyr

    Calzephyr TrainBoard Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Thanks for the pix!!!

    Did the parts fit together properly on this kit? Some Walthers kits are not very forgiving... in fact... in some cases modelers have claimed Walthers should ask forgiveness from us :eek:
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 16, 2008
  11. okane

    okane TrainBoard Member TrainBoard Supporter


    This was my first Walthers kit. Oh I did find I needed to trim a bit of the plastic that was left over after I CUT THE PARTS FROM THE SPRUE'S. I did find they fit very well together, I took my time and did it over a few days.

    I was told by who I cannot remember that the cornerstone kits fit much better together than earlier Walthers kits like the blast furnace which is a monster that I have never finished. Overall, I was quite pleased with the results.

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