Turn Atlas Flex Into Branch Line Quality Track

Discussion in 'Modeling Tips' started by Jim James, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    124A04BC-C441-4737-B769-18BE80948BA2.jpeg Found this image while going through my ancient Photobucket pics. In order to use Atlas code 83 flex track to represent 1900 branch line track I removed quite a few of the plastic ties with a razor knife and spread them out. I made some of them a bit crooked and painted them various wood colors with some weathering added and painted the rails a rust color.
    Just thought I would share this.
     
  2. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    You can sure see the difference Jim. I hope you managed to keep most of your images, and photobucket cant hi-jack you. There were some amazing images you took. not to mention the videos.
     
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  3. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Jim, that's quite a difference between your branch line and stock track. Looks great!!! I bet it is a tedious job, but well worth it. We're looking forward to seeing your layout progress. How big is your new addition?

    Joe
     
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  4. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson Frisco.org Supporter

    Jim, from a Trackman for many years, your track looks really great.
     
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  5. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Why thank you, William. That means a lot coming from you. I’ve always thought that track should be a detailed model just like any other model railroad structure.
     
  6. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

  7. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson Frisco.org Supporter

    Is their some kind of sneaky "Jim James" way you do the rail. I know it's a secret, but help a poor Trackman, Roadmaster out. I got a bunch to do. Anybody think that rascal, will share his trademark of quality work.
     
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  8. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Rust colored paint, fine brush and lots of patience. Lots of patience. (The “trick” is a shot or two of Kessler’s.)
     

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