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Re: To paint or not to paint..... points???
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2012, 11:39:26 AM »
Just to echo what Sprintex was saying. From Potters Bar to London Kings Cross most of the point sleepers on the ECML are wooden. So I'd say leave the wood and weather all the same.

Given the above evidence that wooden sleepers is prototypical on the points, i would agree with H. Leave 'em be and weather them in well.

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Re: To paint or not to paint..... points???
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2012, 09:01:45 PM »
hi all  :wave:

here are a couple of pics taken today of freshly re-laid pointwork
at Hest Bank on the WCML


and a close up of the sleepers


hope these are of use to someone

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Re: To paint or not to paint..... points???
« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2012, 06:45:48 AM »
Thanks for the pics dave, very useful.

H and Mark; this in essence is the dilemma. Do we leave them and just weather and blend the two track formats together, or try and make the wooden points look concreteish first. We should at least try on a sample section just to see what happens.
I wonder if anyone has good (photo) examples of weathered concrete track connected to points?

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Re: To paint or not to paint..... points???
« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2012, 08:25:28 AM »
H and Mark; this in essence is the dilemma. Do we leave them and just weather and blend the two track formats together, or try and make the wooden points look concreteish first.

As you already have wooden sleepered points and it's not unprototypical to have them with concrete plain track there is no dilema. Why bother to try and change them - they'll probably just end up looking like messed up wooden sleepers. It's just not worth the effort unless you're modelling an actual location in which case why not scratch-built the points to match?

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Re: To paint or not to paint..... points???
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2012, 08:54:30 AM »
As a suggestion, how about making a cameo of planned track maintenance work near one of the points to give the impression of a point replacement programme.
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Re: To paint or not to paint..... points???
« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2012, 06:26:41 PM »
Thanks for the interest folks, much appreciated.

H; as as much as I'd like to think our modelling skills are good enough to build our own points, I'm afraid the reality is somewhat different. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever even seen an article on scratch building n gauge points. Yes, I've seen the handbuilt points videos on YouTube, but they aren't code 55, and I've seen the Easitrak version in your magazine, but not actually a scratch build- an idea for an article perhaps??
Pendy, not a bad idea, we'll think about that one.

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Re: To paint or not to paint..... points???
« Reply #21 on: May 29, 2012, 07:23:16 PM »

 I don't think I've ever even seen an article on scratch building n gauge points. Yes, I've seen the handbuilt points videos on YouTube, but they aren't code 55, and I've seen the Easitrak version in your magazine, but not actually a scratch build


The points (and track) on the 'Waton' layout are all scratch-built (the points are 9mm N gauge) and the layout has recently been featured in BRM and will be at the DEMU ShowCase exhibition this weekend - get along to have a close look and speak to the builder about how it was done.

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Re: To paint or not to paint..... points???
« Reply #22 on: May 30, 2012, 07:14:44 AM »
Hi H
Thanks for that. As it happens, I am actually going to the DEMU exhibition on Sunday. It's quite a long drive from Teesside and we will have an earlyish start, but hopefully should be worth it. Certainly I will be looking very carefully at Waton. I do have that copy of BRM too, just haven't got round to reading it yet.

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Re: To paint or not to paint..... points???
« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2012, 10:03:18 PM »
Thanks for this post I have same problem I'm going paint my sleepers

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Re: To paint or not to paint..... points???
« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2012, 10:50:37 PM »
Hopefully Peco pull their fingers out and produce a concrete sleeper point.  ::)




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