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    Why are code 40 rail joiners so expensive (at least to me)? A package of 20 for $5 - $7 plus shipping (usually another $8 - $12) seems a bit steep for small pieces of folded metal. I realize the shipping will most likely remain the same for more packages but even still ... Anyone come up with another solution for joining code 40 rail that won't break the bank on a small switching layout with about 200 individual rail ends to join? Thanks.

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    Look at fastracks , or Mike Fifer.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. fifer seems like a good choice for these little golden nuggets .

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    Are you using ME flextrack?

    I've seen others use no rail joiner at all when attaching 2 pieces of ME flex. Just cut the rails staggered so there's some empty spikes in the ties on the end like this:



    then slide the rails into the empty spikes.

    I've only made one joint this way, and I tore up that layout before it ever got much use, so I can't vouch too much for it. But it wasn't my idea originally. I'd read of others doing it which is why I gave it a try. At any rate, it's a handy idea to keep filed away in your bag of tricks if nothing else.
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    I'd sure buy more than one pack. Do you have a LOCAL HOBBY SHOP? Get them to order a bunch for you. What kind of price does ME have for them?
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    I'm actually hand laying code 40 rail. The turnouts are using a Fasttracks jig and the intermediate connecting pieces will be hand laid rail glued down on wood ties with pliobond. With no spikes the older pizza cutter wheels seem to do just fine however the clearance between the flanges and the rail bottom is pretty much nil. I thought using rail joiners would introduce a bump at the joint with this setup. Has anyone actually tried the pizza cuter wheels on code 40 rail with ME rail joiners? I was thinking I would have to come up with another method of joining the rails that didn't involve a rail joiner -e.g.. maybe soldering a small piece of a thick wire strand on the outside of the rails at the joint or maybe a PC board tie right under the joint with a drop of solder to hold them together.

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    NEAR SCALE "EASY" "N" RAIL JOINERS TRANSFORM THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR EXISTING AND NEW TRACK. http://www.proto87.com/N_scale_turnouts_and_track.html Trysome of these. after you have them soldered in place you can file to fit exeat.

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    Thanks, that's an interesting option. It says they are stainless steel - can stainless be soldered?

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    I use Peco "Z" scale railjoiners with Micro Engineering code 40 rail. It work great.
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    Here is my build of my n-scale railroad
    https://www.nscale.net/forums/showthr...-50-8-quot-%29

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    OH YA ! They are nice to work with, and you don't have to use them exactly like they say. I have used them for other track work.

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