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Security for my section track layout.

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Security for my section track layout.
Posted by Huggy on Saturday, October 23, 2021 3:27 PM

I'm finally taking my LGB track outside! I am starting to build a garden layout and I'm curious as to methods of securing my track from theft and allowing a gravel roadbed. I already have motion lights and camera system. I am considering SplitJaws. It is a small layout, 12ft x 22ft and <200'. I thought of reinforcing wire, gravel then dirt, wiring the track to the steel mesh. Then ballast with 1/4" minus or just fines. We own the property. I want a movable, if necessary, layout. Any thoughts?

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 2:08 AM
If it is a concern, I'd investigate different sub-roadbeds to which you could screw the tracks. There are a number of examples on this forum, if memory serves. Then you could place the gravel on top of / around the sub-roadbed. A bit more work, but it would prevent a grab-and-dash theft. My track "floats" on gravel, but I bet others with more and different experience would also commend some sort of fixed sub-roadbed as a means to improve operations on your railroad, too. Eric
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Posted by smokey1 on Friday, November 5, 2021 10:22 PM

I wouldn't worry about someone taking the track. They would have to be very hard up as they wouldn't really get a whole lot for it. I haven't decided if I'm going to have an outside layout yet but I would probably just do a floating on the top layout. If you use a track like from USAtrains( Charles Roe ) and screw them together, It would be very hard for someone to take it. 

If I do outside it would be like 20' then right for 15' then left for 15' then circle back and be about 8' wide. Right now I have a 16' x 21' space (garage that I can't use for my truck) I need to remove the garage door and build a wall and insulate the whole space.

 

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Posted by Swiss-Colorado-Lines on Saturday, November 6, 2021 12:27 PM

You always hear stories about people stealing copper pipes, or electrical gear. Copper has value. Brass-- not so much... if you're using rail clamps, it will be a real hassle for someone to take.

I always believe the best deterrent is to make the railroad where it's not visible from the street, or the casual passerby...

Behind a locked gate is best...

Paul

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Posted by smokey1 on Sunday, November 7, 2021 9:28 AM

Swiss-Colorado-Lines

You always hear stories about people stealing copper pipes, or electrical gear. Copper has value. Brass-- not so much... if you're using rail clamps, it will be a real hassle for someone to take.

I always believe the best deterrent is to make the railroad where it's not visible from the street, or the casual passerby...

Behind a locked gate is best...

Paul

 

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 1:20 AM
Paul, that was my thinking on the subject. Recycled metals, though, are weird in terms of value, and our local market is skewed due to our isolation, so I didn't want to weigh in too deeply.

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