Rail-built buffer stops

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Rail-built buffer stops

Postby Proton » Sun Apr 24, 2022 3:31 pm

Hello,

I am looking for a plan or jig for making rail-built buffer stops using bullhead rail, preferably of MR, LNWR, or LMS design.

Any assistance appreciated.

John

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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby davebradwell » Sun Apr 24, 2022 3:35 pm

Dave Franks - LMS Models - will sell you some cast ones. Much easier!

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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby Winander » Sun Apr 24, 2022 3:42 pm

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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby Proton » Sun Apr 24, 2022 5:51 pm

I have a Studiolith bending tool from 1979, never used! Now I know what it's for...

Thanks for the replies everyone.

John

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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby martin goodall » Mon Apr 25, 2022 11:27 am

I actually produced a GWR buffer stop using my Studiolith wire bending tool, so I can vouch for the fact that it does work.

However, that was before cast buffer stop kits became available, and all my subsequent buffer stops have been assembled from these kits.

My original bent rail buffer stop is still in place on the layout, with a cast example right next to it. It is only if you look closely that you can spot the lack of bolt-head detail on the bent rail version.
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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby DougN » Mon Apr 25, 2022 11:57 am

LMS models (Dave Franks) would be the first stop. However there are Mikes Models from years ago which you might find on a swap meet stand or at an exhibition. Then as others have suggested you could bend up your own. Others may recall the MRJ edition but there was an article on making your own!
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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby Philip Hall » Mon Apr 25, 2022 10:24 pm

This topic prompted me to have a rummage around and I turned up an original Studiolith bending tool, which is a bit of a mystery since I never dealt with that firm, coming to P4 after their demise. I guess it came secondhand, but is a useful bit of kit. I think about 20 or more years ago I purchased some ready made rail built stops, and then some more cast LSWR ones from Martin Finney, and finally after all that time am about to use them!

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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby steve howe » Tue Apr 26, 2022 1:25 pm

Mainly Trains (wizard Models) do both whitemetal and cast brass for the GWR type. I believe Iain Rice did the masters:

https://www.wizardmodels.ltd/shop/buildings/mt244/

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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby Tim V » Tue Apr 26, 2022 4:12 pm

No one has mentioned the PECO one?
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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby Proton » Tue Apr 26, 2022 4:43 pm

My intention here is actually do attempt do do something on the cheap, for once, as I am heading into retirement!

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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby Tony Wilkins » Tue Apr 26, 2022 5:14 pm

Tim V wrote:No one has mentioned the PECO one?

The PECO buffer stop is based on an LNER pattern using only straight pieces of rail.
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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby barhamd » Tue Apr 26, 2022 9:08 pm

Tony Wilkins wrote:
Tim V wrote:No one has mentioned the PECO one?

The PECO buffer stop is based on an LNER pattern using only straight pieces of rail.
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I don't think so, Peco SL40 has curved side rails. It is very easy to just replace the cross piece with short lengths of real rail to fit them to P4 track.

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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby Terry Bendall » Wed Apr 27, 2022 7:38 am

Proton wrote:My intention here is actually do attempt do do something on the cheap, for once,


And no reason why not. :)

I have built LBSC pattern rail built buffer stops without the aid of any sort of bending tool, just by bending the wire with pliers. Very sharp bends will often snap but but some solder will usually fix that problem and when cleaned up and painted you cannot see the join.

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LBSC buffer stop.jpg

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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby Proton » Wed Apr 27, 2022 10:22 am

Nice diorama, Terry!

Thank you.

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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby Terry Bendall » Thu Apr 28, 2022 7:37 am

Thanks John. However I cannot claim the brake van - it is the work of Alan Monk who is a regular operator on Elcot Road.

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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby Tony Wilkins » Thu Apr 28, 2022 12:05 pm

barhamd wrote:
Tony Wilkins wrote:
Tim V wrote:No one has mentioned the PECO one?

The PECO buffer stop is based on an LNER pattern using only straight pieces of rail.
Regards
Tony.


I don't think so, Peco SL40 has curved side rails. It is very easy to just replace the cross piece with short lengths of real rail to fit them to P4 track.

David

There are several different types of buffer stop available from PECO, the one I had in mind was their recent one which comes with two buffer beams for 00 and EM gauge.
Peco buffer stop.png

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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby Tim V » Thu Apr 28, 2022 6:21 pm

Never seen that one before!
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Re: Rail-built buffer stops

Postby DougN » Fri Apr 29, 2022 3:51 am

Id say that is the new Bullhead rail buffer stop. Im actually quite impressed with Peco's new bull head range. the flexi track is nicely detailed.
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