Hand Laid Track

Re: Hand Laid Track

Postby TinGoat » Fri Nov 13, 2015 10:56 am

Ideas, I got a million...

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Re: Hand Laid Track

Postby Bernd » Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:00 pm

Right along the lines I was thinking. :thumbup:

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Re: Hand Laid Track

Postby TinGoat » Fri Nov 13, 2015 1:21 pm

Bend-Snip-Bend-Snip-Bend-Snip...

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Re: Hand Laid Track

Postby Bernd » Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:51 pm

Some more experimenting. Using Clover House wooden ties I glued them to hand cut cork 3/16" thick clued to homasote. I used both micro spikes on one side and PB formed spikes on the other for comparison. I kind of missed the center. Doesn't matter hear, just doing an experiment.

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It looks like PB wire formed into spikes is the way to go. Time to design some jigs to form the PB wire spikes.

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Re: Hand Laid Track

Postby milwrd1 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:47 pm

Bernd

The last 2 photos are great for showing the size of the 2 spikes. The difference is very visible. I've always used the smallest spikes from MicroEngineering, maybe I need to reconsider. However, the idea of hand fabricating enough spikes (even with a jig) to handlay 20 or 30 feet of track is a consideration.....
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Re: Hand Laid Track

Postby Bernd » Fri Nov 13, 2015 10:06 pm

milwrd1 wrote:However, the idea of hand fabricating enough spikes (even with a jig) to handlay 20 or 30 feet of track is a consideration.....


Yes, agree 100% with that. Even with a jig for making 100 would be daunting.

Makes me wonder how Micro Engineering or any other supplier of spikes does it. I'm sure it's a simple machine. It looks like the spikes are swaged some how. It can be seen by the few you get that are malformed.

I just put the idea out there to give options. Not saying this is the way to do it.

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