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 Posted: Tue Nov 1st, 2016 10:56 pm
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Rod,
I think it was because I kept asking! :mex:

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I'd 2nd Rod & all comers ! ;)

Spiking is handlaid sheeeeeeeeeet !

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" While I appreciate your confidence it is an uphill battle as I am sure you can imagine!
But it went much faster than I imagined, just vote against all the things where the CA government refuses to cut spending and balance the budget."

Hi Helmut

Despite over ... erm ... well ... a lotta years practice...
...the 'trickle down economy' has been proven time & time again, NOT TO WORK !

A lack of infrastructure as a prime example, has done nothing for prosperity that I know of ?

I think you should CUT SPENDING on model railroading right NOW !

That'll get the job done for sure ! ;)

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Ah, but you see that is where myself and the government differ!  I have a budget and refuse to work outside if it.  If I would just extend myself beyond my budget, I would not offer up all of these conundrums that frustrate the the bejesus out of Woodie!

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OK - I think I answered one thing myself.  If we use scale ties they are awfully small!  Say we use a typical narrow gauge tie which my current reading leads me to believe the faces were 6" or 7" which means at O scale, 1:48, are 1/8" or very slightly larger (for 7") in width!

Do I have that right?



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The only thing that scares the hell out of me is the "choice" we (US) have for president.
Not knowing if you want to build O scale standard gauge or narrow gauge...narrow gauge ties were normally 5" to 6" square and standard gauge ties were about 9" square. So in O scale, 1/8" is 6", 3/16" is about 9". You really do need a scale ruler. But then you might opt to use 12" sq (1/4") ties. Whatever you want to do is OK by me.

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Woodie,
yeah - my measurements/calculations were correct then.  Either way the ties are awfully small!  Oh well, it is what it is.

I think I will kind of fudge it and go with 1/4" but I will try to see how 1/8" looks before I make that decision.  I will perhaps space them a bit more than for standard gauge and use shorter, 6'6" or 1.5" in 1:48.

That gives me the option, if I add it later as I hope, to use closer spacing and longer cross ties, for a more standard gauge heavier traffic mainline section of the layout.  Then some people might even ask and I can educate them!

Yeah, a scale ruler will help me be quicker with the calculations, or rather avoid calculation altogether - but where is the fun in that!

Just as an aside - Mickey Mouse Club House is on TV and Mickey Mouse said "You bet my Butt-on..."  :)  There is humor to find in many places still, that is a good thing.

Where is a nice, cheap place to get one of them thar scale rulers?  I only need O scale.

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Hi Helmut

I just got my first ever scale-rule.
It is for 1:35 scale, which is A BITCH to calculate anything for.

O-scale 1/4" 1:48 is a breeze though.
So is 1/2" 1:24 for obvious reasons.

A 'normal' inch rule is EASY to use for those scales.
I just used a normal rule, when doing 1:48 & 1:24 in the past.

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Si.

3/16" is a good size tie, if you ask me.
A scale 9", not bad.
Also it is more or less 5mm, which is a size a lot of wood comes in as well.



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Helmut F wrote:
OK - I think I answered one thing myself.  If we use scale ties they are awfully small!  Say we use a typical narrow gauge tie which my current reading leads me to believe the faces were 6" or 7" which means at O scale, 1:48, are 1/8" or very slightly larger (for 7") in width!

Do I have that right?


I cut my narrow gauge ties 8"X7"X6'. Seems right to me. No problem spiking into those.

I use HO cork road bed but laid with the the angle cut upside down in the middle.

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OK, spikes and track gauge are on their way. I think I will do a test of 1/4" ties with the )27 track and see how that looks since the O27 track is pretty tall compared to prototype. Will post pics in a couple weeks once I get a couple sections built.

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