> I have a good - as I believe - picture-dictionary in 3 languages. If youas
> could just draw a tieplate and send it to me - << wbolt1809@... >> -
> an attachment, I am full of hope to be able to supply the list with theThanks for the offer. When you look at this sketch, you will know why I plan
> European (do you mean German ?) and French corresponding expression of it.
to keep my regular job, and not go into commercial art:
- or -
But it will hopefully get the point across.
In the USA, in order to keep the steel rail from beating the tie/sleeper to
death as it bounces up and down when a train runs over it, there is normally
a square piece of thick extruded shaped steel under the rail and on top of
the tie/sleeper. It has holes in it for the spikes (big square nails) to
The tieplate tends to move up and down with the tie/sleeper, and not the
rail. Most of the "beating" is metal-to-metal because of that. The tieplate
also distributes the impact to the wood over a larger area.
If you look at your z track, you will see this area of the plastic
tie/sleeper as slightly raised on either side of the rail, and the little
"fingers" that hold the track to the tie/sleeper represent the spikes. It
also probably represents the European solution(s) too. But in z scale, the
detail in this area is so small, its hard to tell exactly which side of the
pond is being prototyped.
In the case of z track, you have to use a sharp knife to remove the simulated
tieplate/spikes from the top of the tie/sleeper before you can slide the
tie/sleeper under a rail that has a railjoiner on it (especially Peco).
How do they solve this problem on your side of the great swimming pool?