Handlaying Straight Track

Re: Handlaying Straight Track

Postby WillYart » Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:58 pm

Oh wow it's affordable for me! Was expecting it to cost 10x as much. You're a saint, may you enjoy a long and enjoyable retirement.

the kids at my new Youth TT Scale train club may even enjoy helping out with some track work, I'm thinking of having them help with the hand laying.
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Re: Handlaying Straight Track

Postby Bernd » Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:24 pm

WillYart wrote:Oh wow it's affordable for me! Was expecting it to cost 10x as much. You're a saint, may you enjoy a long and enjoyable retirement.


Thanks for the kind words Will. Encouraging words like that help keep the enthusiasm up.

The kids at my new Youth TT Scale train club may even enjoy helping out with some track work, I'm thinking of having them help with the hand laying.


That's great to hear. I'm sure this the track jig will make it easy for them to help.

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Re: Handlaying Straight Track

Postby ConnRiver » Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:38 am

areibel wrote:And now there's a little finishing detail available too!
http://www.pdc.ca/rr/catalog/search/joint%20bars

Code 55 and Code 70, so not everyone has to model CWR (Continuous Welded Rail)!


Just noticed that the fellow I emailed a question to about joint bars is the same guy that owns the site you linked to, Al. The guy - Bill Brillinger - said he would cut the bars in TT scale. I haven't gotten back to him.

> Hi Brian! I'm sure they (N scale joint bars) would work fine, the length would be "not quite right" but they should fit no problem. I could also be convinced to create correct length ones if there is interest. Cheers, - Bill

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Re: Handlaying Straight Track

Postby ctxmf74 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:55 pm

"The guy - Bill Brillinger - said he would cut the bars in TT scale. I haven't gotten back to him."

Bill is very easy to work with and is an experienced model railroader so is very fast when it comes to designing and making a project.......DaveB
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Re: Handlaying Straight Track

Postby Bernd » Sat Apr 23, 2016 9:43 pm

I finally got my .070" dia. mill cutters for the Code 70 track jig. After a bit of tweaking I think I've got them pretty good.

Here's a comparison of Code 55 to Code 70. I'm sure you can tell the difference.

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I much prefer the Code 55 rail as a main line rail. Wonder if I'm brave (stupid?) enough to try Code 40 for branch lines and sidings? We'll see after the Code 70 jigs are done.

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Re: Handlaying Straight Track

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:01 pm

I think code 40 is really pushing it.
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Re: Handlaying Straight Track

Postby Richard-B » Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:46 am

ConducTTor wrote:I think code 40 is really pushing it.
I agree; Let's push!

...at least for some sidings.
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Re: Handlaying Straight Track

Postby Bernd » Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:38 am

Richard-B wrote:
ConducTTor wrote:I think code 40 is really pushing it.
I agree; Let's push!

...at least for some sidings.


Ok, gonna' go push then. I'll look into it come this fall. Now to purchase some Code 40.

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Re: Handlaying Straight Track

Postby Marquette » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:24 am

Code 40 will need finer wheels than the Euro standards... but yes, I'd encourage this, too.
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Re: Handlaying Straight Track

Postby Bernd » Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:59 am

Just checked. Micro Engineering has Code 40. The guy/store I get mine from, http://bigdiscounttrains.com/ doesn't carry it, but has Code 40 rail joiners. I sent him an e-mail to see if he can get Code 40. Have dealt with him before, very helpful. So as soon as I find out what width the bottom of the rail is I'll order the proper size mills.

Since this rail, from what I've read, handles like wet spaghetti I'm looking into making a curved jig also. It'd be nice to be able to build your own "snap track" sections in Code 40. I figure you could build any length using a 3 foot rail.

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