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Gn15 track ?

Postby Christian » Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:48 am

What kind of track can I use for my very first Gn15 layout ? I don't want to build my own track.
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Postby Si » Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:33 am

Peco On16.5 is popular with many.

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Postby KEG » Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:44 am

One should assume, that within the more than 50 000 contributions to this forum, a bit of advice and illustrated examples for suitable Gn15 track should be contained.

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Postby rue_d_etropal » Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:16 am

the diversity and deliberate lack of set standards means everyone has their own preferences.
I prefer easy and cheap method and use standards OO/HO track with alternative sleepers removed. You can always bulk up the sleepers if you want, but mine are buried in ballast so don't look so bad to me. Peco Setrack points are pretty solid and once you have worked out which sleepers to remove it only takes nerve to cut first one. Best to find some secondhand. I improve point contacts by wiring up point continental style and putting isolators on sidings etc.
Peco On30 track is a good, but more expensive alternative, and you have to settle for live frog points, not everyones choice.
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:33 am

Hi Christian,
This thread:
http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?p=7651
shows a photo of Chris Krupa's modified Peco/Hornby set track.
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Postby Toeffelholm » Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:44 am

Hi,

another method of modifying standard track material.

http://www.die-feldbahnsinnigen.de/forum/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=1149

Text is German, but pictures explain the method very well.

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Postby Artizen » Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:41 am

This is using standard Peco code 100 flextrack heavily redesigned for narrow gauge!

http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=9800&start=25

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Postby Christian » Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:05 pm

Thank you all for your answers.
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Postby Thorness » Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:07 pm

Details for modifying Setrack points are here:
http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t= ... ht=setrack

On my own layout I have removed 2 out of 3 sleepers from normal OO track but not removed any from the points. I have then ballasted so only bits of sleeper are visible.

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Postby Christian » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:06 pm

Thanks for this link. Very helpful.
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Postby Nevadablue » Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:19 am

I'm glad you asked and got the info. I needed the links too. I've been buying HO track and turnouts from eBay when I find them cheap.
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Postby Christian » Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:32 pm

Nevadablue wrote:
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Thanks. You're welcome too. :D
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Postby Christian » Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:09 pm

I tried to build one Gn15 track section. It's just the beginning, so please don't kill me...

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:23 pm

Hey, that works. Only taking every other tie out of my Atlas code 100 flex track. Turnouts were a little tricky to figure which ties to slice.
Will be back with a pic in a bit, as soon as a bit of the dormant layout can be excavated from the clutter.

Okay, this likn to Photobucket should work.
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Postby Artizen » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:41 pm

Leaving the original sleepers results in something too small for 1:24 scale. You need to add new timbers to the correct scale and spike them into the existing Flextrack. Using every fourth space equates approximately to 30 inches which is comparable to a lot of narrow gauge track. By using the new timbers and leaving the plastic in place until the track is finally glued down, you will find the plastic hangs above the surface and can be removed quickly once the glue is hard.

A tale of two turnouts (before and after):
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Flextrack being redesigned:
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Closeup of the finished turnout showing that only the sleepers that support essential parts of the mechanism are retained, the rest are discarded. The original plastic parts are padded with timber to create the look of 1:24 scale track. Be especially careful to still support all the pivot points and the throw mechanism.
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It doesn't take too long in the whole story of your Gn15 universe and I think creates a far better visual impression than making do with 0-16.5 crazy track or hacked about HO track. So far I have created around 10 metres of track for my layout and approximately seven turnouts.
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:25 am

As for me, my health is a mess and limits the number of days I can even do the hobby at all, so some things get greatly simplified to save time. Basswood sleepers under code 100 rail can bee seen at right on display/test stand under incomplete Gn15 loco kitbash. It would take exponentially more time to do that to the proper RR track and I am about 5 years behind where I wanted to be as is.
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Postby Nevadablue » Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:40 am

Booneville... I went to school in Rolla and spent the first 35 years of my life in Missouri. Small world. 8)
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Postby Thorness » Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:03 pm

Careful ballasting can hide a multitude of sins!:

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The track at the top is 00 with no sleepers removed, the one at the bottom has had sleepers removed but as you can see the remaining ones do appear a bit narrow.

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These points are unmodified Setrack ballasted with DAS (air drying modelling clay), I always seem to have a problem with bit of loose ballast around points! Obviously close examination shows the extra sleepers but this is built for my own amusement and I was worried about destroying the points when removing sleepers.
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Postby Christian » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:57 pm

Very nice track. What kind of ballast do you use ?
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Postby rue_d_etropal » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:22 pm

I will have to dig out a photo of one of my adapted Peco points
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:41 pm

Si wrote:Peco On16.5 is popular with many.


8) Too darn right..... no chopping or compromising, just lay the stuff, weather, and ballast. Comes with matching points, too. See my Haywards Estate Railway thread.
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Postby Thorness » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:17 pm

Christian wrote:Very nice track. What kind of ballast do you use ?


The ballast is fine granite chippings 2-3mm in size and fixed in place with PVA glue.

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Postby Christian » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:04 pm

Gavin Sowry wrote: See my Haywards Estate Railway thread.

Done! Great layout. It gives a wagon load of ideas.
http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t= ... te+railway
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Postby rue_d_etropal » Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:40 pm

it also makes me realise how long we have been doing this. 2006!!!
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:51 pm

rue_d_etropal wrote:it also makes me realise how long we have been doing this. 2006!!!


54 Gnatterboxers have been around since 2003, a few no longer with us.
So little time, so many ideas!!!!! GerryB.

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