Code 55 sleepers

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Code 55 sleepers

Postby blooregard » Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:21 pm

Gents, am I mental or do I remember seeing some packs of spare sleepers available for code 55 track (sort of like the ones that come attached to the points)?

I am laying track for a new layout and I have some unsightly gaps.
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Re: Code 55 sleepers

Postby poliss » Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:58 pm

Peco SL-308F Additional Sleepers, wooden.
Peco SL-309F Additional Sleepers, concrete.

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Re: Code 55 sleepers

Postby blooregard » Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:01 pm

Excellent stuff, cheers dude!
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Re: Code 55 sleepers

Postby m8internet » Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:39 pm

Given the cost of the extra sleeper packs, I have been keeping the cutoffs from flexitrack
You therefore might be cheaper purchasing a piece of flexitrack and stripping the sleepers from that
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Re: Code 55 sleepers

Postby briantwigley » Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:44 am

Yeah 1 piece of flexi is about £2 and you never know the rails might come in useful for something too!

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Re: Code 55 sleepers

Postby klaatu » Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:16 am

That's the sort of excellent tip that would have been useful to a noob like me before he bought 10 packs of sleepers (i.e. 240 in total). A single piece of flexi must have close to 200 sleepers; considerably cheaper!

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Re: Code 55 sleepers

Postby m8internet » Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:23 am

Typical isn't it, the more you buy the less you pay per unit...
Buy one for £5
Buy ten for £15
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Re: Code 55 sleepers

Postby blooregard » Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:34 am

Unfortunately they wont work for what I am after. I'm after the ones with the recess in them so they can be used where track joiners are, the code 55 sleepers would need a bit of butchering before they would work correctly.
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Re: Code 55 sleepers

Postby Flakmunky » Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:57 am

I tried keeping spare sleepers from flexitrack and it didn't work. They invariably get bent slightly when removing them from the rail and when they don't, because they are moulded on to the rail they are a very good fit, therefore almost impossible to fit back to a piece of track (unless they are slid on from the end) and certainly won't fit over the track joiners. The spare sleepers have a recess on them as Bloo mentions...

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Re: Code 55 sleepers

Postby briantwigley » Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:16 am

Just bash them on lightly with a pin hammer with a bit of card in between the rail and hammer. It works fine. either that, or if I've laid the track I cut off the chairs with my xuron track cutters and then file until flat

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Re: Code 55 sleepers

Postby Zunnan » Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:20 pm

Some careful carving with a good knife is needed if you have to resort to using spare flex as a source of sleepers, cut the webbing and slide them out to remove the rail then carve out the recess for the original rails so they can accomodate a metal rail joiner or IRJ. Personally I find the packs of spare sleepers are better than those moulded on to the code 55 pointwork and use them as a preference. Carving flex sleepers is a second to last resort but I would still rather do that than use the pointwork ones.

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Re: Code 55 sleepers

Postby Bufferstop » Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:31 pm

briantwigley wrote:Just bash them on lightly with a pin hammer


Are you an expat Brummie by any chance? Personally I never start work without a 10oz, 1lb ball and 2lb claw to hand. I never did graduate to the Dibnah scale of 4lb lump, 7lb half sledge and 14lb sledge. Now they weren't hammers they were "Percussive Instruments"
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Re: Code 55 sleepers

Postby briantwigley » Fri Jun 18, 2010 10:00 am

Bufferstop wrote:
briantwigley wrote:Just bash them on lightly with a pin hammer


Are you an expat Brummie by any chance? Personally I never start work without a 10oz, 1lb ball and 2lb claw to hand. I never did graduate to the Dibnah scale of 4lb lump, 7lb half sledge and 14lb sledge. Now they weren't hammers they were "Percussive Instruments"


Heh, unfortunately not but it doesn't do any damage and gets the job done :)


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