Thod's Christmas project - Dwarven Mine

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Post by Wereweasel » Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:30 pm

Jim,

Sorry I haven't responded earlier.

As for cars running over the track I cannot determine this, as I have no railcars to test with. I only collect accessories and terrain supplies from the railshops I visit.

I will however, try to sum it up like this...

The distance between the rails does not seem pinched together -as the connected ties keep the tracks at an even distance apart, (even when bent/modified).

Also keep in mind that the turns can also be applied in different designs and shapes, (such as 1-point or 2 point, s-shaped, evenly distributed/gradual or severe). The varaible shape of the turns would presumably have an impact as well.

Whether such severe turns (overall) are "functional" for use as part of an operating model railway, I honestly wouldn't know. That part would need to be tested by someone, (on an "as needed" basis) with the appropriate railcars available.

The good news is that the bends on the track pieces can easily be modified either way - for testing purposes.

I hope this helps.


Steve

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Post by jkratzer » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:40 pm

Steve,

What's the tightest radius you've been able to get in N-scale sectional track, that a two-axle ore hopper can negotiate?

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Post by Wereweasel » Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:22 am

Jim,

I find it very easy to do.

BTW,

Yes, you are correct about the track -it is initially very rigid. That being said, the metal rails can easily be bent into shape though, once bits of the rigid plastic underside have been removed.

I takes me between 5 and 10 minutes to (carefully) modify a piece in the manner I had detailed previously.

All I do is carefully cut out the underside spacing (in between the ties on the inside curve) and bend the entire track/rails as needed.

It's as easy as that!

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Post by Celtchief » Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:55 pm

Awesome
I am REALLY hoping DF does this with working track.. I know it would cost a lot, but I would pay ALOT to have a working mine car in a dungeon, it would be so cool

CHeers

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Post by jkratzer » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:46 pm

Wereweasel -

One question, since it's been a l-o-n-g time since I've worked with Atlas, snap-track or otherwise;

How difficult is it to change the radius of the curves in their sectional track? I know their flex-track is among the best ANYWHERE, but I always found their sectional track to be very rigid. Has that changed?

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Post by Wereweasel » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:36 pm

Thod,

Sorry, I don't (yet) have a digital camera to provide pics for scale.


Thod, Jim


The A T L A S tracks I mentioned previously come in packs of multiple pieces (of 6 usually) and in lengths of approx 6" (or 15 cm approx) each. The other aspect of smaller pieces I find appealing is that they become modular in a sense, and as a result become easier to use with DF. They, (A T L A S) do have an active website available as well, detailing stock and prices.

As mentioned previously it is well-made track, (as eack tie grips the track on both ends) so customizing the severity of the turns is very easy to do. I have easily managed to make 90 degree turns in a single piece of said track and the (connected) ties keep the track separation consistant and stop it from becoming "pinched" -producing realistic-looking, but severe turns. The track pieces are sturdy enough to remain unattached to a base -if preferred.

This track is great! The only concern I would have is (based upon your earlier pics) is that the ties may (possibly) be a bit too small (in scale) for your needs.

If I need to acquire a camera (somehow) for water piece pics, then I'll take some of these as well -although I'm hoping not to have to.

I hope this helps.

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Post by whitewind » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:29 am


I WISH I could remember the entire Obi-Wan quote from the original movie! I gotta rerun that DVD again!
Yeah, you KNOW which quote I'm talking about, Thod! :P
Anyway, I'll hit the RR store this weekend and get you a sample selection, and get them on their way, along with regular prices - but remember, this set is on me! And, I STILL have to try to find that 3-point alignment tool!

Besides, WHO's off course (I LOVE doing jokes based on typographic errors)?

Jim

Who's the more foolish? The fool or the fool who follows him?? LOL

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Post by willypold » Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:54 am


willypold;

Looks like Walthers is discontinuing Roco trains, according to their web page. However, the Roco web page is alive and well, and their 34500 tipple car is PERFECT, I think! GREAT pointer!

Jim

Happy to be of service!

I have a small bunch of the cars and a single engine intended for a small narrow-gauge layout I'm certain I will build... any old decade... :-)

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Post by jkratzer » Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:31 pm

I WISH I could remember the entire Obi-Wan quote from the original movie! I gotta rerun that DVD again!
Yeah, you KNOW which quote I'm talking about, Thod! :P
Anyway, I'll hit the RR store this weekend and get you a sample selection, and get them on their way, along with regular prices - but remember, this set is on me! And, I STILL have to try to find that 3-point alignment tool!

Besides, WHO's off course (I LOVE doing jokes based on typographic errors)?

Jim

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Post by Thod » Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:08 am

Jim

Not sure about 15'' - after all - I need to cut it in smaller pieces ...

Off course you fool - even small odd sized pieces will do. Anything from 5 cm (2 inch) upwards will find some use.

Thod

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