Standard Gauge stuff

Standard Gauge Trains, Vintage to Modern
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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby E7 » Fri Aug 27, 2021 3:35 am

healey36 wrote:At 42 inches, it's a bit big for a round-the-tree loop. Gotta think of something.


A great find for sure! You could always store the two lead in ramps and only use the bridge section which is really the focal point! This stuff has a charm the the later production just doesn't possess.
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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby healey36 » Fri Aug 27, 2021 2:28 pm

Found eight pieces of three-tie standard gauge track on eBay for five bucks (plus another ten for shipping). While I'm not sure of the manufacturer, it fits perfectly, so it might be early Lionel.

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I've seen folks use the center-span exclusively on a layout, Greg. It works pretty well, but you have to have a tailored place for it where it sits a bit below track-level. I took all of the standard gauge off my layout years ago, so this thing, if it ever gets used, will be on the carpet.

The next question is, how do you bend the track-pins so they have the correct angle for each section of bridge/track?

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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby E7 » Sat Aug 28, 2021 6:48 am

Healey, My first thought would be pliers with non-serrated (smooth) blades. You could also drill holes into hardwood (slightly larger than the diameter of the pins, to the depth where want the bend to be. Stick the pin in and bend away. There are any number of ways you could bring pressure against the pin at that point. Depends on how particular you are about the "cosmetics" of the pin.

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Re: Standard Gauge stuff

Postby healey36 » Sat Aug 28, 2021 7:23 pm

I was just thinking of putting the pins in the bench vise and give them a few gentle raps with a hammer. Maybe I should rethink that, as your approach seems a bit more refined, lol.


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