Rail notches

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Rail notches

Postby nberrington » Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:07 pm

Having looked at many examples of track panels at Scaleforum, and visiting some magnificent home layouts, I had concluded attempts to notch rail every 60ft or 45ft were fairly pointless considering the scale we work in.

However some idle chit chat in out laser room at our local communal workspace had me wondering about laser lines.

So we manufactured a jig of sorts and then zapped little lines across the rail. The pictures are self explanatory..
(Although in reverse order just to annoy everyone)

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Re: Rail notches

Postby nberrington » Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:12 pm

Once the char is cleaned up the line is tiny, but there.

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Re: Rail notches

Postby nberrington » Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:38 pm

BTW - here are the laser settings. (Vector cutting full power at 50% speed). I think if I picked up the speed we would have a finer line.
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Re: Rail notches

Postby Re6/6 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:05 pm

What is the grooved rail in the picture please?

Thanks.
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Re: Rail notches

Postby nberrington » Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:46 pm

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Another view of the rail


The jig is 18mm mdf with grooves cut into it to ensure the rail stood the right way up. (Nice in theory)

Cutting the notches in the rail leaves a mark in the mdf, so one has a guide for future rail cutting.

The rail is C&L steel bullhead. (Which is by the way top heavy and wants to roll in the jig. I had to tape them eventually and my cunning plan to clip them in the grooves was only somewhat successful.

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Re: Rail notches

Postby David Knight » Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:05 pm

Hi Neil,

The visual effect is good, have you had a chance to test the sonic effect, ie the “clickety clack”? Getting the joints lined up could be fun...

Cheers,

David

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Re: Rail notches

Postby nberrington » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:29 pm

Not yet sir, but the notch is palpable, so I am more than convinced they will.

Lining up should be OK, in that I have cheated - the end pieces of rail and longer than the 60ft - allowing someone leeway to “catch up” on bends etc.

I am yet to assemble them - I did a small batch in case it is a pain in the .....

Next up is short lengths just notched once - for make double panels rather than long running lengths.

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Re: Rail notches

Postby Re6/6 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:36 am

Thanks.
John

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Re: Rail notches

Postby Will L » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:28 pm

You will of course remember to fit a cosmetic fish plate at each cut!

Pendantic of Cheshir

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Re: Rail notches

Postby Tim V » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:03 pm

Will L wrote:Pendantic of Cheshir


I've never heard of that county :D
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Re: Rail notches

Postby nberrington » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:12 pm

Will L wrote:You will of course remember to fit a cosmetic fish plate at each cut!



Obsessive compulsive disorder is a lot of fun. The chairs will also be oriented appropriately.....

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Re: Rail notches

Postby Will L » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:05 pm

Tim V wrote:
Will L wrote:Pendantic of Cheshir


I've never heard of that county :D


Jet lag

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Re: Rail notches

Postby Le Corbusier » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:02 am

Will L wrote:
Tim V wrote:
Will L wrote:Pendantic of Cheshir


I've never heard of that county :D


Jet lag


.... or Jat leg :D
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Re: Rail notches

Postby Will L » Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:01 pm

Le Corbusier wrote:
Will L wrote:
Tim V wrote:
Will L wrote:Pendantic of Cheshir


I've never heard of that county :D


Jet lag


.... or Jat leg :D

While we were away I fell over a large and very rough volcanic rock, which barked my shin something rotten. So it could be that too.


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