Re: [z_scale] Track
- Where can Wright turnouts be ordered from?
In a message dated 8/3/2002 12:49:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> Hello Z Track Inquirers,[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> If there were more Z scalers you might see cheaper track.
> However, you must consider that since the scale approaches
> watch maker tolerances (having to be more precise to function
> properly) it is more labor intensive to manufacture.
> Materials cost about the same for Z scale as for N scale, it
> is the volume and labor that makes Z scale more expensive.
> Do not approach Z scale with the idea that you are going
> to have manufacturers like Atlas or Kato mass producing
> inexpensive track and trains. It just ain't happening.
> BTW, Wright turnouts are $29.00 each. They are very well
> put together and are more performance reliable than some
> other makers turnouts.
> Best regards,
> Rey Wellman
- Of perhaps limited interest and circulation, but the Modelling the
Railways of SA Convention notes include two fantastic articles
arguing that 'track is a model too' and suggesting a variety of ways
of replicating the look of Australian track.
On the mainlines track is well sleepered, but Australian branchlines
are infamous for light rail and widely and unevenly spaced
sleepers. On many narrow gauge lines with wood sleepers, every
fourth or fifth sleeper would be steel, the intention being to hold
the rails in gauge.
In Z, modelling it would require the use of code 30 rail at least,
but code 25 would be better.
> Here in Australia we have a variety of track.. nice laid beds ofpre
> fabricated concrete ties, laid in such a way as it heats up orcools
> down in the desert, it moves out on the curves.