The Saratoga Railroad Company, On30

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dr5euss
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Postby dr5euss » Sun Dec 31, 2006 8:53 pm

Here's my 2nd, working point :D

I laid out the sleepers on the drawing:

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Cut the rails with a spinny tool:

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Marked where it needed filing for the 'mind's gone a blank' rails:

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Got bored of filing, so used a bench grinder (I did actaully wear gloves and safe specs as it was very hot, but wanted to show off my manicured nails:

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Filing done:

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Outer stock rails tested, making sure toe of point is in gauge:

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Grinded lower stock rail:

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Starting work on the frog, with more super cheap and extremely well made gauges:

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Filing for one rail done (the black is where I burnt the glove on the end):

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Other rail needs filing:

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Other rail filed:

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I like to solder the frog for strength, so I put taut sellotape across it, then turn it upside down (sellotape keeps the angle the same):

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The gauge is checked again:

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Working on the guard rails round the frog:

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Filing the 'mind's gone a blank' rails:

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And again:

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TA RAH RAH RAAAAH!!!

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I really must have no life to make a point, take 17 photos of it and add captions whilst everyone else is out getting drunk :(

Still, I can go into 2007 without needing Peco :)
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mortyfootball
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Postby mortyfootball » Sun Dec 31, 2006 8:55 pm

Nice work, even if you are wasting your life doing it!

Shaun
Currently on the rails with my camera

m.levin
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Postby m.levin » Sun Dec 31, 2006 8:57 pm

Looking good mate. You aren't the only on with no life, I'm painting 15 Prieser figures and I'm as sober as a judge. :shock:

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mortyfootball
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Postby mortyfootball » Sun Dec 31, 2006 8:58 pm

Plus Peco is sooooo much easier!
Currently on the rails with my camera

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Postby mumbles » Sun Dec 31, 2006 9:07 pm

wow 8) 8) 8)
quality work, you must be chuffed with that. great photos too, really shows the effort you have put into the job.
best wishes and happy new year.. who needs to go out anyway, i've just been soldering wire to rails and on/off switches to isolate sidings
michael
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mortyfootball
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Postby mortyfootball » Sun Dec 31, 2006 9:08 pm

mumbles wrote:[i love the smell of solder in the evening]


Don't sniff too much, you won't live to regret it!

Shaun
Currently on the rails with my camera

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waz
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Postby waz » Sun Dec 31, 2006 9:09 pm

That is Ace, Ace!!!!!!!

Best Regards

BILL. Have a Happy New Year George !!!!!!!!

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Ijdagger
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Postby Ijdagger » Sun Dec 31, 2006 9:12 pm

Nice one george, very informative and damn good work.

How do the points move?

dr5euss
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Postby dr5euss » Sun Dec 31, 2006 9:53 pm

Thanks everyone, and happy new year Bill :)

Ian, I need to get some brass tube to pivot and power the point blades. Then I'll solder/glue them onto a tie bar. Then I'll make, again from brass, a stand which I can 'throw' to change the point. So it's all by hand :)

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Mr P
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Postby Mr P » Sun Dec 31, 2006 10:05 pm

looking pretty damn good mate, look forward to seeing the finished article!
Great to see step-by-step stuff, I always think of doing it but get carried away and only photograph the end normally - keep it coming.
Happy New Year!

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pointstaken
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Postby pointstaken » Sun Dec 31, 2006 10:13 pm

m.levin wrote:...and I'm as sober as a judge. :shock:

Does anyone believe this ?? :lol:

Nice work, George - Just would like to see one of your layouts completed - I bet it would be an object lesson to many of us.
Anyway, very well done, and all the best for the New Year (50 minutes away) !! :) :)
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heinz
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Postby heinz » Mon Jan 01, 2007 12:37 am

Wow!

Nothing like handmade point work!!

Well Done George

I was making trees before I went out :D :lol:
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NKP 779
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Postby NKP 779 » Mon Jan 01, 2007 3:09 am

Brilliant work George !!

:D

Happy new year too!

I have 45 minutes of 2006 left 8)

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Postby backofanenvelope » Mon Jan 01, 2007 6:32 am

Hi George

Well done, this really is inspiring and really good to see all the steps to making up the point. I am going to have a bash at a Oe version hopefully this year :D Out of interest what scale are you using and where did you get pins from?

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Tom
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dr5euss
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Postby dr5euss » Mon Jan 01, 2007 10:00 am

Thanks Aaron, Heinz, Dennis and Steve :)

Tom, I'm modelling G scale (1:22,5) on O gauge track (32mm) for a gauge of around 2 1/2 ft I think.

The pins are just regular Peco track pins (the short ones) but they aren't suited to the job. I'm trying to track down some track spikes which hold the rail in place better than a pin becuase they're like an L shape (the short part hooking over the bottom of the rail).


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