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Standard Gauge Track

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  • trolleycar68
    The subject is necessarily an oxymoron at least in our hobby, but do any of you model using 2.5 inch track gauge? This is I think more common in the UK and
    Message 1 of 5 , Jun 1, 2003
      The subject is necessarily an oxymoron at least in our hobby, but do
      any of you model using 2.5 inch track gauge? This is I think more
      common in the UK and some wheelsets/power trucks can be purchased to
      that width. In 1:24 that would come out to five feet, a little wide
      but close enough I think; certainly closer for most US prototype than
      45 mm.

      The question comes up since a friend is considering making up castings
      for trackwork turnouts of trolley type specialwork. That would be a
      casting for the single point and mate and the frog also. If patterned
      after the common street railway practice, the diverging route would be
      more or less uniformly curved so for smooth operation it would be made
      to lay out for a specific gauge. An option would be to make it for
      2.25 inch track gauge.

      To me this is very good news as I previously mentioned I lean toward
      the rivet counting end of the modeling spectrum. But what about
      things like no longer being able to use commercial bricks or power
      trucks, where to get freight car trucks, etc, etc. And how to go
      about regauging now available models that are at least nominally close
      to 1:24, but run on 45 mm?

      So the real question is what is the level of interest? With switches
      available the rest of the track would have to be handlaid, but that is
      not a real big deal in my book, especially for an indoor layout with
      overhead wire; which would be smaller and more manageable in size.

      Bob Kutella
    • Bill Bolton
      ... In 1:22.6 (#3 Scale) it comes out a standard gauge! ... Longer bolsters for the trucks and new axles (per perhaps completely new wheel sets) is probably
      Message 2 of 5 , Jun 2, 2003
        On Sun, 01 Jun 2003 09:01:54 -0000, Bob wrote:

        > The subject is necessarily an oxymoron at least in our hobby, but do
        > any of you model using 2.5 inch track gauge? This is I think more
        > common in the UK and some wheelsets/power trucks can be purchased to
        > that width. In 1:24 that would come out to five feet

        In 1:22.6 (#3 Scale) it comes out a standard gauge!

        > And how to go about regauging now available models that
        > are at least nominally close to 1:24, but run on 45 mm?

        Longer bolsters for the trucks and new axles (per perhaps completely
        new wheel sets) is probably all that would be needed, provided the car
        bodies are wide enough not to look silly. Adapting mechanisms for a
        wider than designed gauge is usually substantially easier than doing
        it for a narrower than designed gauge!

        Cheers,

        Bill


        Bill Bolton
        Sydney, Australia
      • Bill Bolton
        Th latest issue of LGB s Telegram magazine arrive today and it has an article on building heavy duty catenary for 1:22.5 scale. The contact wire used is
        Message 3 of 5 , Jun 2, 2003
          Th latest issue of LGB's "Telegram" magazine arrive today and it has
          an article on building heavy duty catenary for 1:22.5 scale. The
          "contact wire" used is in fact H0 scale rail, so it somewhat
          over-sized, but very rugged, which is good for pantograph operation in
          garden settings - especially if you have to put up with critters
          (domesticated or wild) in your garden.. like I do!

          Of more general interest for both trolley pole and pantograph
          operation is the technique described for building span poles and
          bracket arms from metal tubing.

          Cheers,

          Bill


          Bill Bolton
          Sydney, Australia
        • DAVID POTTER
          Thanks for the catenary info Bill. David Potter Albuquerque ... From: Bill Bolton Date: Monday, June 2, 2003 2:08 am Subject:
          Message 4 of 5 , Jun 2, 2003
            Thanks for the catenary info Bill. David Potter Albuquerque



            ----- Original Message -----
            From: Bill Bolton <billbolton@...>
            Date: Monday, June 2, 2003 2:08 am
            Subject: [largescaleTrolley] LGB Telegram article on heavy duty
            catenary

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            > Th latest issue of LGB's "Telegram" magazine arrive
            > today and it has
            >
            > an article on building heavy duty catenary for 1:22.5 scale. The
            >
            > "contact wire" used is in fact H0 scale rail, so it
            somewhat
            >
            > over-sized, but very rugged, which is good for pantograph
            > operation in
            >
            > garden settings - especially if you have to put up with critters
            >
            > (domesticated or wild) in your garden.. like I do!
            >
            >
            >
            > Of more general interest for both trolley pole and pantograph
            >
            > operation is the technique described for building span poles and
            >
            > bracket arms from metal tubing.
            >
            >
            >
            > Cheers,
            >
            >
            >
            > Bill
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            > Bill Bolton
            >
            > Sydney, Australia
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          • ageebrianjohn
            Ok as the New kid on the block I was wanting to ask how would I find the artical on building heavy duty catenary for 1:22.5 scale ? I tried to sign up for
            Message 5 of 5 , Jun 27, 2003
              Ok as the "New kid on the block" I was wanting to ask how would I
              find the artical on "building heavy duty catenary for 1:22.5
              scale"? I tried to sign up for the LGB news letter, but I keep
              getting undeliverable messages, and all I am really intersted in at
              this time any way is this one article. Thanks Brian

              --- In largescaleTrolley@yahoogroups.com, Bill Bolton
              <billbolton@c...> wrote:
              > Th latest issue of LGB's "Telegram" magazine arrive today and it
              has
              > an article on building heavy duty catenary for 1:22.5 scale. The
              > "contact wire" used is in fact H0 scale rail, so it somewhat
              > over-sized, but very rugged, which is good for pantograph
              operation in
              > garden settings - especially if you have to put up with critters
              > (domesticated or wild) in your garden.. like I do!
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