Rail bender

Rail bender

Postby WillYart » Sat May 25, 2013 7:55 am

Have a look at the rail bender I built today! Glue is drying, can't wait to try it out Saturday.
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Re: Rail bender

Postby WillYart » Sat May 25, 2013 4:09 pm

Ok it works! This tool is good for pending track before hand laying or even for bending flex track (remove tie strip, bend, replace). It seems to me that if I don't bend such track, it is harder to get a smooth, consistent curve especially at the ends.

Speaking of the ends, the only problem with this tool is that it can't bend the ends of the track, so you have to cut off about 2 inches at each end. Photos:

Push (not pull) through
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Look at that beautiful curve!
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EDIT: The goal is not to get a perfectly matching radius; the goal is to get it close enough that there is almost no resistance from the track. Multiple passes through the bender may be called for.
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Re: Rail bender

Postby ConducTTor » Sun May 26, 2013 12:43 am

Nifty tool! You should figure out some sort of scale so you can dial in an exact radius.
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Re: Rail bender

Postby WillYart » Sun May 26, 2013 2:20 am

Yeah... you're right. It could probably be done.

Now I'm trying to figure out the correct way to decide on a frog # for a curved turnout; trying to read a document on this subject from AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association).
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