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 Posted: Mon Mar 8th, 2010 08:06 pm
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bartdonker
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Hi all,

in the topic "building a Diema" ( http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=1701&forum_id=6 ), on the third page I experimented with styrene profiles to simulate the prototypical steel sleeper, used by peat railways.  This looked quite fine, but the superglue didn't do it's job perfectly since the rails came of the ties sometimes. So there had to be another way.

At about the time I started building my second Diema ( http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2147&forum_id=6 ), I talked to someone who works in a machine shop. He then offered to make me a mould, shown in the next pictures, to make sleepers out of brass.





When I got the mould, it was a few months later. My second Diema (see link above) was in the meantime put "on the shelf", one of the reasons being my mothers illness consuming an growing amount of our time and energy, in the end, she sadly passed away on oktober 29th, 2009.

Now, a few months later, I have used the mould for the first time and must say I am satisfied with the result:



and the prototype looks like this:



However, the scratchbuild in G-scale will stay on the shelf, since my wife and I have started to build a layout together in H0m scale, modelling the Rhätische Bahn in Switzerland.

Best regards, Bart



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 Posted: Mon Mar 8th, 2010 08:35 pm
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Very cool Bart, and a great idea. I'd like something like that in 7mm scale..!

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 Posted: Mon Mar 8th, 2010 10:35 pm
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Great looking sleepers! While I don't model track like this, I am very sure that my friend Daniel Caso will look closely at your tie-making tool. Since the ties are made from brass, they might not do for a "conventional" dc or dcc wired layout, but Daniel is into radio control so it would be "right up his alley"...  Woodie



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 Posted: Thu Mar 11th, 2010 07:38 am
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Thank you both for your kind replies!

@Woodie: Daniel knows about this mould, but since he does 1/32 scale, the sleepers are a bit to big for him to use.
Maybe someone will come along who models 1/22,5 or bigger, want's to run trains with RC and has a use for this mould?  I hope so!


Edit:
To add the dimensions: the top of the moulded sleeper is about 4,5mm and the bottom is about 7,5mm wide inside (outside about 5,5 / 8,5mm with 0,5mm thick brass). The height is 3mm inside, so baseboard <--> top sleeper is 3,5mm. The max. possible length of the sleepers is about 10cm, enough to make the long sleepers for switches.


Best regards, Bart

Last edited on Thu Mar 11th, 2010 11:11 am by bartdonker



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