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by Derek
Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: NER sleeper and timber spacing
Replies: 0
Views: 837

NER sleeper and timber spacing

Hi. I wonder if anyone can shed light on this, please? After picking up a NER standards book from NERA at Expo Nth, I found a 45ft track panel diagram with 17 sleepers and all but the outer 2 (each end) having a 2'9" gap. However, having looked at photographs of this secondary branch (Whitby) s...
by Derek
Sun Sep 13, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: How to use blade filing jig?
Replies: 56
Views: 13652

Re: How to use blade filing jig?

Andy,

That happens to me every time I come on here, Templot forum, or the track building sub-forum of the 'other place'.

If I saved every penny that dropped I'd be able to pay someone to build this for me.
by Derek
Fri Sep 11, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: How to use blade filing jig?
Replies: 56
Views: 13652

Re: How to use blade filing jig?

Martin, Thanks again for your tutorial. I have now made several blades that are straight and fit against the stock rail perfectly. I did still use the Scalefour jig still, but I used your 9ft/1:24 Templot idea to make the stock rail with a far more accurate set than using the main template as a guid...
by Derek
Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: How to use blade filing jig?
Replies: 56
Views: 13652

Re: How to use blade filing jig?

Hello Martin, thanks for that. I have read a couple of tutorials that you have written in "the other place" and Templot forum. This is an even better idea and I shall try it at the weekend. The match between blade and stock rail is already not too bad and it works, but I know I can get it ...
by Derek
Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: How to use blade filing jig?
Replies: 56
Views: 13652

Re: How to use blade filing jig?

They were taken on Christmas day with no trains running Hi Derek, If you want to get "out and about" to look at railway infrastructure, you can't beat Christmas Day. http://85a.co.uk/forum/images/emoticons/smile.gif Martin. I will tell my 'friend' that. As you so rightly noted before- it ...
by Derek
Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: How to use blade filing jig?
Replies: 56
Views: 13652

Re: How to use blade filing jig?

Have you looked close up at a turnout on a real railway? A lot of what these chaps say made much more sense after going and looking at our local heritage siding that masquerades as a steam railway, and seeing a real turnout and how it is constructed. +1 Hello Martin I think it fair to say that I pe...
by Derek
Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: How to use blade filing jig?
Replies: 56
Views: 13652

Re: How to use blade filing jig?

Apologies for the double post- ie seems to be having problems with clicking buttons (not just this forum either so must be my pc). Jon, Have you looked close up at a turnout on a real railway? A lot of what these chaps say made much more sense after going and looking at our local heritage siding tha...
by Derek
Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:42 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: How to use blade filing jig?
Replies: 56
Views: 13652

Re: How to use blade filing jig?

Jon, just remember that rail costs pence per foot wasted. Just keep practicing. I have (to paraphrase Edison) invented 500 ways to make poor blades and vees. I have started this recently enough to remember that it is blasted frustrating to get it right- especially as the experts make it look so easy...
by Derek
Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: How to use blade filing jig?
Replies: 56
Views: 13652

Re: How to use blade filing jig?

Hello Jon Have a look at http://www.whitby50g.co.uk/en-gb/turnoutblades.html I've knocked up a couple of quick photos. I didn't have time to file new blades so just posed it with a couple of blades that I made just after I bought the jig. They are a little chewed up. I would recommend not going for ...
by Derek
Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: How to use blade filing jig?
Replies: 56
Views: 13652

Re: How to use blade filing jig?

Jon

Sorry for hijacking your thread.

My jigs are at work. I will make some photos up in my lunch break for you.
by Derek
Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:51 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: How to use blade filing jig?
Replies: 56
Views: 13652

Re: How to use blade filing jig?

Thanks again Keith. When you say you are bending the blades, do you mean just to straighten any bends you've induced during filing? Sorry, I think I've missed something somewhere. I will go back and read your excellent article. I've messed around with these blades so much now that I don't actually k...
by Derek
Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: How to use blade filing jig?
Replies: 56
Views: 13652

Re: How to use blade filing jig?

Many thanks for that, Keith. I know you are on the side of bending the vee. (like I said- I've asked several talented people and got a 50/50 response- in "the other place"). Can I explain my reason for asking this? I can see the reason for getting a solid point- aside from the aesthetic re...
by Derek
Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: How to use blade filing jig?
Replies: 56
Views: 13652

Re: How to use blade filing jig?

Hello Terry, You showed me where I was going wrong on a lot of things at Wells- I didn't describe too well what was going wrong, but having once been there yourself, you seemed to instinctively know. Two questions for you if I may (and I have asked others for their opinion on this too- I'd be intere...
by Derek
Sat Sep 05, 2015 4:37 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: How to use blade filing jig?
Replies: 56
Views: 13652

Re: How to use blade filing jig?

No, that's right. The jig- does it have two parallel grooves on each side? (to make sure we are talking about the same design) Clamp the rail into one of the grooves on the side and the end with the appropriate letter (although there are some with the letters in the wrong place (like mine)- but you ...
by Derek
Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: How to use blade filing jig?
Replies: 56
Views: 13652

Re: How to use blade filing jig?

Hello Jon I found this thread quite useful: http://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1914 Scroll down to the post by Martin Wynne. It has useful diagrams that may help.That's for the crossing vee. For the blade filing, although he does it manually rather than with a jig, I would recomm...

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