Re: software attn Bill Hoshiko
On Mon, 31 Jan 2000 18:08:23 -0800, you wrote:
I think your answer to Alex W is very interesting reading.
>In order to construct hand laid switches I need PC ties and switch
>ties. RLW makes ties for NN3 scale so I am assuming that they would be
>a little large for Z.
They are - but I plan to use the wood ties "on edge" (narrow edge
facing the base). The wood tie - being 1,05 x 1,45 mm - will seen
from above on a ballasted track - mimic danish 1:1 ties. The PC tie
meassures 0,85 x 1,45 mm. This cannot be put on edge since the
copper/broad side has to face the rail. In any case there will be a
vertical distance from the bottom of the PC tie to the bottom of the
wood tie. Worst case is with the wood tie on edge, but I don't think,
this will present a real problem (I haven't tried yet) (note 1)
[about code 40 points]
I planned to limit the throwbar/point-tie's travel to a degree
allowing god contact yet avoiding deformation.
I do not know if this is possible?
>I am not a metal worker so I could never solve this problem with the
>smaller rail. I could never keep a code 40 switch functioning correctly
>for any length of time. They required constant adjusting. Even Code 55
>would be a challenge. You would need a very strong solder and an wide
>throw bar, or rail made from a much harder metal. When you file the
>rail down to make a switch point you just do not have much material to
Doesn't look too god!
> The laws of physics to not scale down.
>There are some things that we must compromise on.
>I do not mean to
>discourage you from trying your ideas but, just want to point out some
>things that you may have to consider. I think that the fellows from RLW
>were trying to point this out for you.
Yes, but I decided to try anyway :-)
>Sorry to be so long winded but this is a subject that I have been
>working on for a long time.
I enjoyed every word of it. Even if it was meant for Alex and not for
me, your letter was a bull's-eye-hit with me.
(note 1) if someone with better eyes/equipment might want to correct
me - please do!
regards Ole Rosted, Denmark