Wood ties

Wood ties

Postby Bill Dixon » Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:43 am

Hi all

Is anybody interested in wood track ties?
I have been talking with Mt Albert. They make ties in N, HO, S and O.
They are willing to cut some TT-Scale ties but need a minimum order of 10 bags.
They would be a bags of 1000, nominal size 7" x 9" x 8'6" for $ 19.40 a bag.
They could also do 16' Switch Ties, 500 a bag for $ 19.40.

Any interest out there?
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Re: Wood ties

Postby scaro » Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:39 am

Bill

I think I would be, but the cost of getting the bag mailed to the UK might be an impediment. Can you say how big a bag of 1000 is ?

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Re: Wood ties

Postby WillYart » Thu May 16, 2013 2:32 am

I'd be interested.
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Re: Wood ties

Postby ConnRiver » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:27 pm

Bill,

Since I don't see any burning/scorching (inevitable with a laser, I believe) on the Mt. Albert ties that I have, so does the shop use a mechanical slicing method to create the ties?

I ask, because what I wish to have is wood tie strips, that is, flex ties. I don't want to lay thousands of individual ties, although I suppose a jig could be created. . . .

I have dropped off two sheets of 12" x 24" wood sheet, 1/16" thick, at a local laser shop. He's estimating $45 to cut one sheet. And, one sheet, offhand, might yield 24 feet of flex ties. That's about $1.90 per foot, not including rail, not including cost of the wood and shipping, not including a small profit, or gas and time to and from the laser cutter's.

Seems to me we TT'ers need an easier way to lay track than using individual ties. Track and wheel sets/trucks, I'm obsessed by the need for these items. Don't see how the scale can advance without 'em.

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Re: Wood ties

Postby TinGoat » Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:07 pm

I can tell you that the Mt. Albert Scale Lumber ties are sawn not laser cut.

However, they do have laser cutting, so you could ask...
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Re: Wood ties

Postby ConnRiver » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:43 pm

Bill,

I'll take a bag of ties, if that helps. I'll try to cut a jig to make placement easier.

Let's see, a jig, place the ties, run masking tape along the tops of the ties, lift, transport to layout, lay down according to track profile, that'll work, won't it?

Although, I have a bag of Mt. Albert HOn3 (iirc) ties, and I think they're almost dead on for TT scale.

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Re: Wood ties

Postby Bill Dixon » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:12 am

As Mt Albert suspected that we would not order enough ties to make his minimum order he had another suggestion.
20130623mtalbertlumber.jpg

O Scale 3" x 4"s are the closest stripwood size he has to T-Scale ties.
So I purchased a few packages. A bit of work in the chopper and I will have more than enough ties to play with.
As well I purchased a FastTracks N-Scale PC Tie fret. You cut these apart to make PC ties for turnouts.
When time permits I am going to attempt a #8 code 55 turnout.
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Re: Wood ties

Postby ConnRiver » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:35 pm

Depth of a scale tie doesn't matter too much, correct? Ballast will hide depth if carefully applied.

I have a bag of Mt. Albert HOn3 cross ties listed at 5" x 7" x 6'. If I translated that into TT scale correctly, these ties are 9.65" wide (9" prototype) and 99.31" long (102" prototype). Aren't these HOn3 ties closer to TT scale than the O scale stripwood, or is my math screwy?

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Re: Wood ties

Postby Bill Dixon » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:12 pm

ConnRiver wrote:Depth of a scale tie doesn't matter too much, correct? Ballast will hide depth if carefully applied.

I have a bag of Mt. Albert HOn3 cross ties listed at 5" x 7" x 6'. If I translated that into TT scale correctly, these ties are 9.65" wide (9" prototype) and 99.31" long (102" prototype). Aren't these HOn3 ties closer to TT scale than the O scale stripwood, or is my math screwy?

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Yes they are a closer. The O-Scale wood will give 10" wide ties.
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