Handlaying track with Herei-punktkontaktsystem

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  1. ulf999

    ulf999 Member

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    Not many handlay track for Marklin, so I thought I'd document how I have used the punktkontaktsystem from Herei for my handlaid tracks.

    The Stuff needed:
    Erbert Herei Mittelleiter, punktkontakt
    HO scale wood ties (Kappler)
    Spikes (Micro Engineering)
    Cork and
    Rail (I use Code 83 from Micro Engineering)
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    After the cork is glued down, I positon the Mittelleiter on the cork
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    and trace the countours:
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    Next I carve away some 1.5-2 mm cork to make room for the Herei punkkontakt (This is not necessary when using regular flex rail. But when handlaying, it helps ALOT if the surface is level...)
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    Fine adustments with my favourite tool :cool:
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    The punktkontakt has some metal that is supposed to be used to 'wrap' the ties of the intended Peco code 100 ( + other code 100 rails...).
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    I remove those...
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    Solder a feeder cable:
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    Drill a hole for the wire
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    Attaching the Herei punkkontakt band to the cork:
    I have tried two methods: glue with latex and spiking:

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    And smoothing the latex
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    Let it set, under some weights...
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    Spiking is a bit faster... :cool:
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    Now it's time to add the ties:
    Most (?) who handlay track, pre-stain their ties, but I'm opting for post-staining/painting

    The ties are glued down using regular white glue (for wood...)
    To make is little bit easier, I use a jig where I put the ties, and then using a strip of tape, I move many ties at a time:
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    Once the ties are in place, I stain/paint the ties, add ballast and finally the rails:
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    I know I'm probably the only sucker :oops: handlaying track for marklin, but I thought I'd share the steps I use anyways :mrgreen:
  2. Fluesheet

    Fluesheet Member

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    And thanks for doing so! Nice photos, and nice trackwork.
  3. Triplex

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    Looks like a labor-intensive procedure. I didn't know what the contact strip looked like.
  4. geburianan

    geburianan New Member

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    Punktkontaktsystem

    Dear Ulf

    Your pictures are looking great and the hints you are giving are excellent. I'm about to evaluate, if I shall use the Punktkontaktsystem as well and your pictures are showing me, it can be done. One question came up: On one of your pictures I saw a turnout. Do you have some pictures or hints for building a turnout with the Punktkontaktsystem as well?

    Thanks a lot for your replay and best Regards, André
  5. ulf999

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  6. geburianan

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    Punktkontaktsystem

    Hi Ulf
    Thanks for your link to your website, which is great. Just one more question: According to your description, the slider gets in contact with the tongues and I guess, the tongues are insulated or potential free, aren't they?
    Bets Regards, André