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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #750 on: April 18, 2018, 03:22:31 am »
I never thought I'd read about stool sampling on this forum!  ;)
Still planning a layout...

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #751 on: April 18, 2018, 08:07:20 am »
After a chat with group leader,it's been decided that we have enough on our plate.............for now :no:

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #752 on: April 18, 2018, 09:43:01 am »
I've always liked double entendres. Couldn't resist that one!

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #753 on: April 18, 2018, 09:47:35 am »
 ;D
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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #754 on: April 18, 2018, 10:26:11 am »
I'm quite proud of myself for resisting any temptation to make a comment.

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #755 on: April 18, 2018, 08:00:43 pm »
I have just noticed that Plastruct do a 0.3mm square section strip:

http://www.ema-models.co.uk/index.php/plastruct-fineline-styrene/square-rod.html?p=2

Would that work for N scale point rodding?

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #756 on: April 18, 2018, 09:32:30 pm »
I have just noticed that Plastruct do a 0.3mm square section strip:

http://www.ema-models.co.uk/index.php/plastruct-fineline-styrene/square-rod.html?p=2

Would that work for N scale point rodding?

Many thanks for that. I reckon it would be nearer to scale size. I wonder if it would be strong enough, but worth giving it a try, I think. And waiting for some to come is a good excuse to do nothing for a while!

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #757 on: April 19, 2018, 02:53:29 pm »
rogerdB wrote:

“I think the pins would have to go below ballast level so there would still have to be some scraping away.”

Here are some point rods I snapped as I passed them at Carmarthen this morning.





There's a prototype for everything out there!

Mike


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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #758 on: April 19, 2018, 06:53:16 pm »

So I’m uncertain whether to give this a go. Any thoughts welcome…will adding this rather crude rodding be an improvement or am I risking spoiling the layout?



This looks stunningly effective to me. I've been mulling adding rodding for 3/4 points controlled from my signal box for some time, and you might just have talked me into it.

So far as getting the stools straight and level, I'd be tempted to put in a line of suitably spaced track-pins (etc), then level those, epoxy the stools onto them and build up ballast/foliage to a convincing level.

Mike
Small screws would allow you to adjust the height more easily and would provide a more stable base.

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #759 on: April 19, 2018, 09:33:36 pm »
Small screws would allow you to adjust the height more easily and would provide a more stable base.

Yes, I agree

Mike

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #760 on: April 22, 2018, 11:20:16 pm »
After spending time in the garden during the warm weather I finally got round to trying the 0.3mm Plastruct for point rodding this afternoon. As I expected it's very fragile, in fact trying to thread it through holes in the stools was enough to bend it! So it was time for another experiment using wire, also 0.3mm diameter. Still more to do, so no photos yet, but I think this is the way to go.

In the meantime here's a photo of a J39 shunting the goods yard.




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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #761 on: April 23, 2018, 09:28:29 pm »
An instant favourite!
Richard
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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #762 on: April 23, 2018, 09:42:43 pm »
Another superb pic,very nice shot.
Lil Chris
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http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=29492.0

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #763 on: April 23, 2018, 09:53:45 pm »
Another superb pic,very nice shot.

Seconded, Chris. Superb in every way.

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Re: Wrenton
« Reply #764 on: April 25, 2018, 05:30:37 pm »
Photos of another test piece with my latest try at point rodding, as mentioned above I’m using wire this time.





I didn’t like the idea of using a bit of wire to represent the rod passing under the track with the obvious risk of shorting the rails. I couldn’t find any plastic rod of the right diameter so instead I used a small piece of 20 thou sheet plasticard. I removed all the ballast between the sleepers where the rod had to pass. The 20 thou was cut to fit vertically in the space between the track webbing, sitting on the cork underlay. The top edge of the card was rounded off a bit.  After fixing the card in place and painting it I replaced the ballast. The ‘rod’ crossing the track looks as though it’s bent in the second photo because I got the stools a bit too low! They're sitting on the baseboard - I've yet to investigate whether mounting them on small screws will be the better method.

A drawing on
http://ambisengineering.co.uk/pointroddingwiresystem_pt1.pdf shows the points of a crossover operated by a single rod – I assume this was normal practice? If so it means I only need a long run of two rods instead of the three I was thinking I needed.

 

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