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Mark Laidlay

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    H0 scale Victorian Railways

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  1. I am planning to build some H0 scale Standard Gauge turnouts with the gauge set at 16.2mm at the crossing (out to 16.5 for the rest). The crossing angle is 1:10.5. This will reduce the gap between the stock rail and the check rail on both routes thus improving appearance. I I know that are some 4mm scale users doing similar, any issues when using NMRA (110 mainly) wheels properly gauged? Mark in Melbourne
  2. Yep, heel offset is 6.25". Check rails are 19' for 1:11 and higher. I would like 1:16 crossing. I am using Peco code 75 FB rail. Timber spacing is just under 2' from the tip of the 16'6" switch to the heel, 10 timbers all up (for the 16'6" x 61/4" switch). A to C 1'10, C to G 1' 9", G to J 1'10". As you say longer switches should be used with a 1:16 crossing. Remaining spacing is 2'1". Thanks, Mark
  3. The timbers are 10" (by 6" deep if that matters) and angled. Lengths vary from 9' to the heel to 13'6" at the crossing nose in 6" increments, the longest are 15'. Points are 16'6" for a 1:9 turnout and check rails are 15'. Is there anything else I should know?
  4. I will seek specifications tomorrow. It's a standard gauge route but I normally model a broad gauge (5'3") prototype.
  5. Thanks Martin, are there any samples using Australian timbering? Bigger timbers than the US but less of them. Mark
  6. I have a drawing for a 1:12 turnout but I would like to try a longer one as well. Any known drawings for a H0 NMRA standard turnout? Mark in Melbourne
  7. I'm looking at building some high-speed turnouts but how big do I go? Obviously 1:8 is mainstream but can I go to 1:16 and higher? This is H0 scale, NMRA standards (no P87 etc.) and no moving components in the crossings. Mark in Melbourne
  8. How about the Redutex stuff https://www.dccsupplies.com/search/results/?search=slate. Looks expensive and availability seems shaky with lots out of stock.
  9. What's the Wills product like? Is it a better option? Mark
  10. I am building a model of a station building based on that at Echuca on the Murray river in Australia. The prototype has a slate roof. I got some Slaters slate sheet from Eileen's hoping it would be obvious as to how to use it. I guess it is just cut into strips with a length of plain and a length of slates. Then is is laid from the bottom of the roof with tiles at the bottom, then the next row of slates go on top of the plain strip. Have I got it right? Mark in Research, Vic. Australia
  11. I'm trying to find the right place to discuss alignment dowels. I got some several years ago from C&L and now need more but C&L don't have them now. Anyone know what is going on? Mark in Research
  12. Thanks for the help, I've decided to get them cast in whitemetal in Australia. this is because: . I am using FB rail so don't need standard chairs; . I want soldered construction; . I am actually working in 3.5mm scale. So it looks more practical to get them made here. Mark in Melbourne
  13. Are there any slider chairs available in 3mm scale? These are the chairs under the stock rail adjacent to the blades. Mark in Melbourne
  14. Lots of 504s have left Australia in recent years to support the taxi industry in Egypt. Mark
  15. What about as a proportion of the 1970 figure then for a better (from my perspective) comparison. Certainly here in Australia we are far more likely to see a 404 on the road today than a BMC version of the design and I suspect that the BMC version outsold the 404. And the 404 is available in H0 scale which suits me better, still would like more Pommy cars in H0 though, people who bought French cars were considered very strange by most Australians and I don't want strange people on my layout. Mark
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