RedDragon wrote: any chance you can put together a list of the essentials and list on here. For example, I have Swiss files but not sure if these are correct to use on the filing jigs or if I need another type of file (just not sure what to buy). Also I think you mentioned you use an Antex iron, I had a look at these at York on Sunday and they have nice fine tips on them just not sure what wattage to buy? Any help on these two points and a list of essential tools would be most welcome.
Yes I was thinking about doing that, so just some quick notes for now and I will have a further think over the next few days...
If you need to buy tools but don't have a local shop (all the ones in Derby have vanished), have a look through the Cromwell tools or Buck and Hickman sites - both of these have local outlets and can usually get things overnight.
Cutting edge stuff
Files, I suggest that filing switches needs good quality, BIG files - I have drawer full of 18" files (never keep files in a drawer!)- but at least 14" is needed. Both bastard and smooth cuts and the smooth cut needs a "safe edge" . ( I will bring mine with me in case people don't have these things - good files are not cheap!)
A selection of GOOD QUALITY SWISS needle files (plus some cheap ones for rough jobs) including both second and smooth cuts
A piercing saw with a packet of GOOD SWISS 6/0 blades
A pair of side cutters (like the Xuron but better quality)
Soldering irons - I have both 25 and 50W Antex irons with a fair selection of bit shapes - always get iron plated bits or just plain copper for those you might need to file to shape.
If you use cored solders, make sure you get a stand which includes a piece of natural sponge to clean the black muck off with.
Pin chuck and a selection of small drill bits, but particularly 0.5 and 0.7mm
Small centre pop and a small hammer to hit it.
A good fine scriber (or needle in the pin chuck)
Two pairs of fine point Stainless Steel tweezers
a small pair of flat nose pliers
Good 6" rule
(I will bring a mike and a vernier - to check the gauges!)
Set of track gauges - particularly a Society check gauge - a most useful tool! For chaired track, the Exactoscale gauges are better than any type which grips the rail, otherwise you will have problems with the 1:20 inclination. ( I will bring mine and Ken will bring his)
Glass fibre stick
Glass fibre propelling pencil
240 and 600 grade wet or dry paper
A small mirror for squinting down the rails
"Dinky-type" hair clips
Brushes for flux (plus some liquid fluxes - Carr's yellow or green label)
Plus a lot more I can't think off for now... Those who have Iain Rice's book might look through there for any other things.
Those same people might like to look at his diamond crossing and "Semi-Outside" (whatever that means) single slip. Count up how many errors you can find in each - we will compare notes next time
Speaking of books, anyone who thinks they might get bitten by the track building bug might want to invest in a copy of GWR Switch and Crossing Practice by David J Smith. You DON'T have to be a GW man to get value from it - although GW practice differed from REA in many ways, lots of the principles are common and the drawings are very useful in understanding just how track is built. It is available from the GW Study group.
Hope that helps for now...