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Here's your other point and trackwork on my indoor layout 'Drumcudden'. Cheers, Paul Lindsay-Scott

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Welcome to the all New World of Narrow Gauge Track

16mm Scale - 32mm Track Gauge

This new track is based around my popular scale Code 180 bullhead rail in Stainless Steel, Brass or Nickel Silver. Most Narrow Gauge tracks are laid in flat bottom rail, but there is no true flat bottom rail available and would anyway be difficult for the hobbyist to curve unless rail benders are employed. But there were a few lines that used bullhead rail as standard, notably the 'Penrhyn Quarry Railway', and when this closed the stock of rail and chairs were purchased by the 'Ffestiniog Railway' who still have some early bullhead rail laid in the yard today. Subsequently the 'Penrhyn Quarry Railway' have purchased the chairs back for restoration work. The chairs are the 2 bolt variety and have been modeled with all the fine detail, including the date '1887' & the name 'W P & Co' as the manufactures, and on the other side 'P. Q. R'. This flexitrack has the rail inclination also included for smoother running.

The double sleeper/chair units are moulded in the basic 32mm track gauge. We are also able to offer slightly widened track at 32.4mm for use on tight radiuses. We now have the Long Sleeper for Turnout construction, then use Gauge 1 chairs and replace these with the NG ones when they become available.

Moulded in a dark brown chocolate brown with high UV stabilization included. The Sleepers are 72mm long (Full size 4' 6") x 12mm width (Full size 9") x 5.33mm thick (Full size 4 1/2"). The spacer bars are 25.5mm long. Each double sleeper unit is 75mm overall, and 11.5mm high from the sleeper base to rail top. A maximum flange depth without wheel coning is 2.25mm. Wheel Coning is the small radius that is intentionally added to the joint between the wheel tyre and rim, most manufacturers add this radius, but there are some small companies who don't. With wheel Coning, the maximum flange depth increases to 3.75mm.  The whole Sleeper Unit has a thick wall section for rigidity. Fine detailed wood grain to the sleeper top. Discrete fixings are included, so no more unsightly pins through the sleepers. 12 double units are required per yard of track, they are sold in bags of 12 (1 Yard) and 120 (10 Yards).

 

I hope you will enjoy the effort that has been made to bring a new quality of track to the market.

 

READY MADE PLASTIC TRACK

If you like 'Ready Made', then this is for you...

Ready Made Track 32mm & 32.4mm Narrow Gauge 1 Yd.

 

 

 

 

READY MADE POINT WORK

For the time being we have made some points using the new Narrow Gauge sleeper unit and the G1 chairs.

All made in U.V. stabilized A.B.S. dark chocolate brown plastic with the best code 180 stainless steel bullhead rail.

 

Narroe Gauge Point

Now fitted with stainless steel over-centre blade spring. ABS plastic tiebar with soldered nickel silver brackets and stainless steel pivot screws. All easily replaced in the event of damage.

Narrow Gauge Tiebar

Ready Made Points (1000mm, 2000mm and 3000mm radius's)

Available in Left Hand, Right Hand and Y

 

Modellers Information - Narrow Gauge Points

To plan your layout, these are the sizes for the various points measured from centre of fishplate to centre of fishplate. The size can be reduced by 35mm if 1 of the 2 standard sleepers is removed after the blade rail end, and a further 35mm if no standard sleepers are used at the nose end.

1000mm left or right hand = 435mm overall. From the point of the Nose to the end of the Blade = 245mm.

2000mm left or right hand = 515mm overall. From the point of the Nose to the end of the Blade = 315mm.

2000mm 'Y' = 410mm overall. From the point of the Nose to the end of the Blade = 218mm.

3000mm left or right hand = 620mm overall. From the point of the Nose to the end of the Blade = 403mm.

3000mm 'Y' = 510mm overall. From the point of the Nose to the end of the Blade = 297mm.

RAIL

This is the new rail section which for all intense and purposes has taken over from the old code 200 section. With an overall size of 4.56mm x 2.24mm, a head height of 1.15mm and foot height of 0.66mm, and root thickness of .98mm. It fits the G1 Standard injection moulded sleeper units, the newer Fine sleeper unit and now also the Narrow Gauge sleeper unit. A maximum flange depth of 2.4mm (without wheel coning) can be used. This is a new section drawn exclusively for me in either Brass, Stainless Steel and Nickel Silver. It is far easier to identify which way round the rail has to be fed through the chairs and has a greatly improved appearance. For those modellers on a budget, this is also the cheapest rail on the market today.

Going on from the traditional choice of brass rail, I introduced the Stainless Steel rail which is now the most popular rail purchased. It has some great advantages over brass, being harder wearing, which is very useful where rail wear could be a problem such as crossing noses or on portable exhibition tracks.  It has approximately 30% less expansion and contraction than brass and will not get as hot in the summer heat, so a smaller gap can be used at the fishplates and there is less risk of track buckling in the summer time. It is conductive for those who use 2 rail or stud contact, and it keeps cleaner. Better grip being steel on steel. But the main reason people like the Stainless Steel is the appearance with a slight surface rusting effect after some time outside.  Paint will adhere better to steel than brass.  It can be silver soldered and soft soldered, using a special flux.  A surface rusting fluid is now available as well. This is the most popular rail I now sell, for those modellers who are looking for the best looking track at reasonable price, there is no choice; once you see it, it has to be "Stainless Steel" rail.

Since the introduction of the Stainless Steel rail, I have now also introduced the code 180 rail in Nickel Silver, and this is available for those modellers who are used to working in this material in the smaller gauges. It has a similar appearance to Stainless Steel, so could be also be useful in turnout construction for ease of manufacture and soldering. It is conductive for those who use 2 rail or stud contact. Can be silver soldered and soft soldered.

All rail is available in 1 yard (915mm) and 2 yard (1830mm) lengths. There is no difference in cost per yard, but the 2 yard rail has a higher Courier cost.

Code 180 Bullhead Rail

 

Double Sleeper Unit

The double sleeper/chair units are moulded in the basic 32mm track gauge, and the widened track for use on tight radiuses. Also in the future a long turnout sleeper and associated chairs will be available for turnout construction. Although designed for code 180 rail, we have noticed that the code 200 bullhead and some semi flat bottom rail will also squeeze through the polypropylene chair, but not the ABS ones.

Moulded in a dark brown chocolate brown with high UV stabilization included. The Sleepers are 72mm long (Full size 4' 6") x 12mm width (Full size 9") x 5.33mm thick (Full size 4 1/2"). The spacer bars are 25.5mm long. The whole Sleeper Unit has a thick wall section for rigidity. Fine detailed wood grain to the sleeper top. Discrete fixings are included, so no more unsightly pins through the sleepers. Each double sleeper unit is 75mm overall, and 11.5mm high from the sleeper base to rail top. 12 double units are required per yard of track, they are sold in bags of 12 (1 Yard) and 120 (10 Yards).

 

32mm Narrow Gauge Sleeper Units

 

 

Turnout Long Sleeper Unit

Narrow Gauge Long SleeperNEW - long turnout sleeper for turnout construction. Moulded in a dark brown chocolate brown with high UV stabilization included. The Sleeper is 136mm long x 14mm width x 5.33mm thick, and has 8 segmented sections in the cavity so that the sleeper can be trimmed and have a solid end. The spacer bars are 25.5mm long, and slides into the adjoining sleeper to allow for different sleeper spacing. The whole Sleeper Unit has a thick wall section for rigidity. Fine detailed wood grain to the sleeper top. Discrete fixings are included, so no more unsightly pins through the sleepers. Sold in bags of 10 and 100.

 

Narrow Gauge Long Sleeper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Injection Moulded Fishplate Rail Joiner

A low cost injection moulded 'Fishplate' rail joiner. 20mm long. These have bolt head detail one side with bolt and nut the other side.

Designed to be sprung onto the rails to hold the rails in line. These have no central insulation bar, but this could easily be fitted with a tiny piece of plastic inserted.

Sold in packs of 10 & 100

They are available in different materials depending on your application and preference:-

NEW Bayblend - the ultimate tough Joiner in dark brown 'BAYBLEND' which is a high quality ABS and 45% polycarbonate mixture with added UV protection. Stiff with some flexing and should not snap. My first choice for most applications. Weldable.
A.S.A. - 'Acrylate Styrene Acrylonitrile'. Best general purpose material which is very UV light stable, stiff with some flexing and does not snap. Moulded in charcoal black. My second choice for most applications.
Polypropylene - a well known material and quite flexible. Would be useful for those wanting to retrospectively fit when the track is in situ, as these can be sprung onto the rail more easily. Moulded in U.V. stabilized dark chocolate brown. Not weldable.
A.B.S. - these are stiffer but could break. Moulded in U.V. stabilized dark chocolate brown.

Standard 20mm Fishplates

 

 

Lost Wax Fishplate Rail Joiners

Fishplate Rail joiners in lost wax brass or nickel silver. They come on a frame of 10 and are cut or snapped off as required. Nickel silver can be used to give electrical conductivity. Ideal for curves as they prevent dog legging on the track.

Fishplates 20mm in Lost Wax

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Wax Point Lever

A copy of an early hand lever which had a heavy cast iron weight to give the throw. This is robust Point Lever in lost wax brass or nickel silver and has either a 6mm or 8mm throw. The lever is so arranged to indicate which way the turnout is set for the train.  There is an "Over centre Radiused stopped end rebate" for throw control.  Parts in the kit include; 1 x lever arm, 1 x lever base, 1 x 4BA nyloc nut, 4" x 1/16" brass rodding wire, 2 x M2 x 13mm stainless steel fixing screws, instructions. Some filing, fettling and drilling is required. Paint and grease not included.

Point Lever Kit £8.00

 

 

 

 

Track Fixing Escutcheon Pins

Track Fixing PinsA domed head escutcheon pin. They are made in steel which gives the strength required for fixing and they are also plated in brass and lacquered to give long life protection outdoors.

The discrete fixing on the sleeper unit is 1.5mm high, so this should be deducted from the pin length to give the fixing depth. The the longer 13mm should be the first choice as the discrete fixing hole was made for the 18 gauge, but the shorter 10mm can also be used.

SPECIFICATION;

19 gauge x 10mm long in brass plated steel. Pack of 100 or 1000

18 gauge x 13mm long in brass plated steel. Pack of 100 or 1000

Track Fixing Escutcheon Pins in Brass Plated Steel

 

Track Ballast

1 kilo does about 2 yards of single track. 2 Choices are now available:-

Cornish silver black/grey granite ballast which is dried and ready to lay.  Size:- 1mm to 4mm.  1 kilo or 12.5 kilo bulk bag.

Grey granite ballast which is dried and ready to lay.  Size:- 2mm.  1 kilo or 12.5 kilo bulk bag.

 

 

 

 

 

Naoor Gauge Tiebar KitTurnout Tiebar Kit

The kit can be used when making your own turnouts for 32mm gauge. The kit includes pre drilled plastic injection moulded tiebar, 2 x etched nickel silver tabs, 2 x 1.4mm x 3mm stainless steel screws, 1 x overcentre stainless steel spring. Designed for 1.6mm (1/16") rodding.

Turnout Tiebar Kit £5.00

 

 

Turnout Kits

The kits include ABS plastic injection moulded long sleepers, running chairs, slide chairs and bridge chairs.

These are basic kits, you may want to add;- rail of your choice (most use the stainless steel), machined blades, radius curve, track gauge, tiebar kit, stainless steel flux if using stainless rail, plastic weld glue.

Narrow Gauge Track Gauge