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Old 12-22-2019, 10:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
Pete Thornton
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#1. Is floating track still the best way to go ballasted on fines?
Yes, but a ladder frame underneath can help support it. Be prepared to re-ballast every spring as it washes away.

4 I have a tig welder and thinking of tagging the rail ends together for better connections, thoughts?
On a warm sunny day this might result in a kinky, out-of-gauge track due to expansion.
I second that opinion. You need track expansion joints anyway. Most people like rail clamps.
#5 are there any businesses in MA that help with layout plans or how can I plan my layout better?
At this point in time most are on the internet. Between this crowd,, and your local club, you should be able to get all the answers you need. The club is a good idea, even if only for the initial planning period.
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