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 Posted: Wed Jun 13th, 2012 07:07 pm
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...Are they ever expensive! They look great and I wouldn't mind having something like that but $276 for 6 turnouts worth of supplies and a template that will only make them in one size... Sheesh.

I also saw some neat looking templates on their website for laying ties but who on earth needs a template to lay misaligned ties? Isn't that sort of an oxymoron? Whatever... They look like nice products and I'm sure those that have them like them.

All that aside, is their rail bending tool any good? Are there other rail bending tools that I should be looking at? That's the only one I've seen anywhere.

Also, are their plane old wood tie prices reasonable? How about the rail prices? I really don't know where to buy stuff for hand laying track and I want to learn that skill instead of using commercially available track.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 13th, 2012 08:27 pm
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As a follow up to my post above, I've found a pretty comprehensive article on hand laying track. It's right here.

http://www.pmrr.org/Articles/SScaleTrack/Handlaying.htm

Is this about what you guys are doing? Is code 83 rail good for On30? Would the S scale tie plates from Tomalco be reasonable in O scale?

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 Posted: Wed Jun 13th, 2012 09:19 pm
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Mike-code 83 is great for On30, even code 70. But tie plates? Outside of some English narrow gauge lines, I have never seen any on US NG lines. It was just rail spiked to ties.
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 Posted: Thu Jun 14th, 2012 12:21 am
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No tie plates.... Good. Then I can buy my track nails instead of making them like that fella did on the website. Honestly, the only full scale narrow gauge RR I have any experience with is the local Huckleberry RR. Its a historical park and they operate a former RGS K-27 along with some nice coaches. When I was a kid my dad did the civil engineering for it. It's the only railroad he ever worked on. I'm fairly certain they used plates but maybe not. I'll take a look when I go back up there later this summer.

If you are interested in it at all do a google search. It's a pretty neat piece of narrow gauge history right here in my back yard... Well, 20 miles down the road.

Oh heck... Here is the link.

http://www.geneseecountyparks.org/pages/huckleberry

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Mike

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you can download switch templates from fast tracks for free they have a bunch of different gages and sizes ihave made switches with just a file saw and soldering gun and cut my own ties from a used cedar fence piece just takes a little practice make a couple on a piece of board



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After a couple handlaid switches, you'll wonder why you worried about templates--and just build them to fit the situation.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 14th, 2012 03:36 pm
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I hope that's true. Right now I'm a little concerned about it. I think I may just build one on the workbench with no intention of using it for anything other than learning the process of building a switch and where the gotchas are in the process.

Mike

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should have said paper templates the first one is a learning experience then it's like herb said :bang:



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 Posted: Fri Jun 15th, 2012 02:14 am
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Yep, after that first one, you will be hooked. Think about it-a couple of bucks and a little time spent OR some "serious" bucks and you find out that the new RTR turnout doesn't fit your situation. Put on some nice tunes, get into a good mood, and have fun cutting and soldering.
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 Posted: Fri Jun 15th, 2012 04:38 am
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Right now I'm in gather mode. What I mean is I'm buying up stuff for the up coming building season. As soon as the contest season is over, maybe a little before I'm going to be hitting some of these projects hard..... Maybe even a little before that. For instance, I have some old HO RTR stuff and some Bragdon weathering powder that is begging me to start something now.... Even though I'm smack in the middle of contes flying season. I think after this weekend is over I'm going to post some first time weathering pics to get some feedback. Track laying... Is coming but right now I just want to buy the stuff and start reading about the proper techniques.

Thanks again to all that have chimed in with suggestions and help.

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