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Offline Delboy

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Magnorail road system for my layout
« on: March 19, 2018, 02:13:21 pm »
A few members asked me to update them on any progress on the Magnorail road system I purchased some while ago. Well I finally took the plunge. I am happy to answer any questions that may arise and have take photos at various stages of the construction which I can share, perhaps in the form of a tutorial. For now here is a you-tube video of my first test run.
I would appreciate any comments and I include the text that I added to the you-tube website for clarity.

"This is my first test run using N gauge vehicles on a dog-bone circuit of Magnorail set to run between 2 tunnel entrances. With quite a few more vehicles I hope to give the impression of continuously flowing traffic. The various weighty objects are there to merely hold the road surface in place temporarily. The section is being built up away from the N gauge model railway layout and will be dropped in position after a little more detail has been added. The Magnorail system works using a motor driven chain track fitted with magnets at various positions and corresponding magnet sliders fitted just under the vehicles. My findings so far suggest that it is great with lightweight vehicles (plastic and the smaller Oxford Die Cast cars) but is not suitable for pulling heavier Oxford die-cast lorries etc. Perhaps someone knows different?
I love the system as you can use it to model any era using your own vehicles and there is the added interest of movement over and above that of the railway rolling stock. The motor is rated at 12v but the test is being done using a 6v AC adapter. I would guess that the 6v is giving me a scale speed of about 15mph. Apologies for the shakiness of the hand held video and the odd times it goes out of focus. Hope you like the concept."
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Re: Magnorail road system for my layout
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2018, 07:28:39 pm »
That looks really good   :thumbsup:

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Re: Magnorail road system for my layout
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2018, 08:15:16 pm »
Looks excellent. How thick is the road surface between the chain magnets and the cars?

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Re: Magnorail road system for my layout
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2018, 08:22:07 pm »
That is 100% awesome, great results.

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Re: Magnorail road system for my layout
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2018, 08:24:37 pm »
Looks excellent. How thick is the road surface between the chain magnets and the cars?
I have used 0.4mm plasticard which they do not recommend.
Magnorail recommend a max thickness of 0.3mm cardstock but Iwanted to use plasticard so I did some research. Magnorail only use N35 magnet but I managed to source the strongest N52 magnets instead. I am very pleased with the results.
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Re: Magnorail road system for my layout
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2018, 09:26:25 pm »
Fab!

Cheers Jon  :)
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Re: Magnorail road system for my layout
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2018, 01:20:44 pm »
Hi @Delboy, how is this coming along? Can I ask if you've tried it on gradients, ie would it go up a hill ok ?

Thanks Paul.



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Re: Magnorail road system for my layout
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2018, 04:02:38 pm »
Hi @Only Me,
Paul,
Sorry for the delay in replying. i have just got back from vacation.
I haven't personally used it on gradients but I have seen videos of it functioning really well up and down hill.
Try the link below:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v73Wy-m_ZG8&list=PLdP2sBMWFOh3oVGJuEm6XqGnZIuxeAtEU

or perhaps a more obvious one with a slope:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uU0p6F6wCU

The important thing is to choose light weight vehicles or add two sliders under each larger vehicle, which can then pick up on two sets of magnets.
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Re: Magnorail road system for my layout
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2018, 07:03:56 pm »
This looks very promising, got me thinking   :worried:

 

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