That's how I build each section. Note that top section was only partially assembled. This is after that section was all assembled and laid. It was dark by the time I was done with it...
That section of track underneath already laid is all level and true, so I use it as a "table" to build the next section. The ties and rail plates are individually attached on to the rails just like hand laid HO tracks, except they're bigger. It makes is so much easier not having to try to assemble the sections on uneven ground.
About 20 feet total. Less than a 10 foot straight section whose length will be determined by, and a free form S curve I need to cut to length to make the two ends meet...
There are two very useful tools to laying track. That small white circle on the left side of the pic is a inclinometer, and also the red level. One keeps the grade transitions smooth, while the other keeps the left and right rails level with each other. I found that when laying track there are narrow parameters that need to be observed to keep the trains on the tracks. I have to do a lot of track testing to get things just right before filling in the dirt around the ties to make sure it's safe for travel.
Falling into place very nicely, Greg ... I love the twists and turns!
The flatcar sure runs quietly.
That's because the last track test video has no sound.
The sound is broken on my camera, for the videos what have sound I borrowed my wife's camera. The S curves at the bottom are to go around a large oak tree, and there will be one more small S curve to make the two ends meet squarely. It's going to be a small narrow gauge mining and logging mountain railroad.
I've been searching for a short scrap length of large diameter pvc aquaduct pipe to install a tunnel. Likely about 5 foot diameter and 8 feet long. Like this except shorter...