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by Proton
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: C&L track base
Replies: 5
Views: 1440

Re: C&L track base

I have quite a lot of the track dating pre-2013 and in places it gets very tight to gauge. I use one of the flat metal track gauges and use a soldering iron to melt, gently (!), the chairs. This is a slow process but works fairly reliably.
PBM
by Proton
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 2977

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

Thanks for the replies Jim.

PBM
by Proton
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 2977

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

How would you rate the fold-up and ease of soldering Jim? Expert standard required or average with due care and attention?
Any tips on how you set up and quartered the drivers?
PBM
by Proton
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Better Running
Replies: 16
Views: 1566

Re: Better Running

I agree with Jim's approach, run as many trains as you can. When I am in this mode, I triple head very long trains of up to 20 cars, and the odd vehicle which is below par shows up after a short time. It also highlights those with kadee couplers that are too tight!
PBM.
by Proton
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Best technique for curving rail?
Replies: 10
Views: 987

Re: Best technique for curving rail?

Hmmm. I have made a lot of turnouts using the Brook Smith method, and have never pre-curved the rail, and this hasn't caused any solder joint failures. I have also constructed a lot of turnouts using code 83 flat bottom rail soldered onto PCB sleepers, again with no pre-curved rail. I haven't made a...
by Proton
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Drill for rivets.
Replies: 18
Views: 1410

Re: Drill for rivets.

I must be living in the lap of luxury! I've had a mark 2 punch since I started making track in the fall of '79, and never thought of using anything else. However, it does occur to me that if I had track under construction with rail soldered onto it, that if I had missed a rivet location manual drill...
by Proton
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Drill for rivets.
Replies: 18
Views: 1410

Re: Drill for rivets.

I've made quite a lot of turnouts and crossings to the Brook Smith method but never had to drill sleepers; when does this become necessary?

PBM
by Proton
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Modern Era Concrete Track
Replies: 26
Views: 1811

Re: Modern Era Concrete Track

grovenor-2685 wrote:Why not buy some more of the Exactoscale ones?
Rgds

Hi Keith,

I want to use up my substantial supply of C&L Dow-Mac sleepers, otherwise they're going into a landfill!

John
by Proton
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Modern Era Concrete Track
Replies: 26
Views: 1811

Re: Modern Era Concrete Track

I have over 50 feet of the Exactoscale sleepers with code 82 rail from a North American supplier, and it is superb. I had bought some C&L Dow-Mac sleepers years earlier but the lack of rail clips induced me to buy the Exactoscale sleepers. However, as I need even more concrete sleepered track, I...
by Proton
Fri May 10, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CCU for LMS 6-wheel Bogie
Replies: 9
Views: 1167

Re: CCU for LMS 6-wheel Bogie

Hi JF, I have done a lot of Bill Bedfords over the years and recently did a pair of LMS 12'6" bogies. The jury is still out for me as to whether it needs to have more sideplay in the centre axle (if it does, I will use one of my sliding axle solutions) and it needs a little care to make sure t...
by Proton
Thu May 09, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CCU for LMS 6-wheel Bogie
Replies: 9
Views: 1167

Re: CCU for LMS 6-wheel Bogie

Thanks for this guys, I think the Bill Bedford item gets my vote.

JF
by Proton
Wed May 08, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: CCU for LMS 6-wheel Bogie
Replies: 9
Views: 1167

CCU for LMS 6-wheel Bogie

Hello,
I have a BSL model of an LMS 12-wheel sleeping car in OO gauge, and I need to find a source or means of compensating or springing the bogies. Any assistance appreciated please.

JF

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