Re: removing joiners from Märklin switches (turnouts)
- Hi Ole,
I believe that you have received many good answers concerning the flex track
issue. However, I think that the list has just missed answering your
question about "how" to remove the joiner without damaging or destroying the
turnout in the process.
Although hard to see, the M�rklin joiner is held in place by a small
indentation in the rail base which is deftly hidden by the first spike head
on the first sleeper. Removal requires that you gently pry the joiner away
from both sides of the rail at the first tie so that the metal of the joiner
clears the hole in the rail base. Clear as a bell, right?
You can use a pair of cutters with the blades inserted inside the length of
the joiner to gently pull the joiner off the rail. This is for those who
wish to save the joiner. I'm of Scottish heritage so I reuse everything!
As for cutting rails, I have traditionally used a razor saw to cut the rail,
an Exacto to chop through the sleepers as Bill Kronenberger has explained
followed by a long process of filing with a flat jeweler's file to take off
the burrs and to narrow the rail base in order to facilitate insertion of
the new Peco rail joiner. (I also use M�rklin joiners with no problem
although they are very tight and I sometimes pry them open with the point of
a fine jeweler's screw driver blade.)
More recently, I have found that using Rail Nipper flush cutters for rail do
a very good job of making the cut in the rail. There is less cleanup filing
but one still has to narrow the rail base to get the new joiner on.
Welcome to the group and happy modeling.
CEO Val Ease Central RR
>At that occasion my suplyer told me, that
>connectors are "easily replaced". SNIP But how is the replacement (if
>actually performed ??