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 Posted: Mon Jul 6th, 2015 02:54 am
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As one of our young scientists stated.

"You only slightly increase your chances of winning a lottery by buying a ticket" :>)

Meanwhile keep going.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 7th, 2015 01:18 pm
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LOL, that's good Bob!

We have the "Mega-Millions" lottery here in Virginia, the odds of winning are 1 in 258,890,850.

My wife said it was like trying to bet on the winning horse in a 260 million-horse race.

I've removed 100% of the center rail, looks so much better.

I had 3 054 turnouts back-to-back-to-back in one area and if I wasn't careful I could derail the engines easily. I'm noticing an improvement now with the center rail gone. I still have to go slow, but not as slow as before.

Photos later, BobD.



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 Posted: Wed Jul 8th, 2015 12:55 am
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Look forward to seeing the photos Bob.

If things derail it is because working tolerances have been exceeded. Given your equipment is built by manufacturers that have standards that are a bit variable (TO PUT IT KINDLY), you will have to come up with your own set of standards for wheels and track and modify everything to suit.
My process has been to examine every derailment, find the cause and fix it before continuing to run trains. In no time derailments become a thing of the past except for operator error, and I have not found a cure for that :>)

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p.s. those pliers you asked about are called pincers.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 8th, 2015 09:58 am
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Thanks Bob!

I think what I'm finding is the manufacturers claims of engines being able to negotiate certain curves are a bit off.

All my engines are suppose to be able to go thru 054 curves/switches but that's where I'm having trouble. They go thru 072 curves/switches fine. I'm not having as much trouble on 054 curves as I am on the switches, so this may be my opportunity to try my hand at building a switch or 3.

I have 3 054 switches in the engine/yard area that need to be dealt with as all engines need access to the area. My sidings have 054 switches also, but the way I run only the switcher engines (0-6-0, 2-8-0) do the switching and they work fine on 054.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 8th, 2015 11:09 pm
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Building your own pointwork has still got to be one of the things that makes economic sense given the price they want for those 3 rail points. No electric issues to consider in your case should make it easier. You don't even need metal rail :>)
Give it go Bob.

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Bob,

I didn't quite go all out and build one from scratch, but I did take one of my spare 054 turnouts and converted it to 072, simply by removing the curved sections of track, adding some 072 sections I removed from the center rail, and trimmed up the frog.

It's not a pretty sight but it works, take a look,

BobD.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 8th, 2015 11:58 pm
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Good thinking 99!

p.s.

A bit of paint in the right places and some ballast and it will come up just fine.


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I did dress it up a bit using a black Magic Marker to go over the old glue spots that were underneath the middle rail.

I get to get the "super-size" bag of ballast L:

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My ballast comes from the nearest dirt road, sieved to size :>)
Those slots from the 3rd rail in the ties shouldn't be too hard to fill, sand and paint either before adding some ballast.
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Bob, I filled the gaps with some latex caulk, seems to work fine, but I still need to ballast.

I had to re-position the inside rails on both the turnouts I converted from 054 to 072, kept having derailments due to them being too tight.

I think they ought to rename the guard rails to "guide rails" because if you don't have them in the correct location they won't "guide" the engine thru the turnout. Learned that the hard way too :doh:



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