(F) Jubilee Track Sleepers

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(F) Jubilee Track Sleepers

Postby gfadvance » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:59 pm


I am doing some research for a future project and trying to get some "typical" dimensions for the metal sleepers used in "Jubilee" track ... somewhere in my brain I have the idea that they were in the region of 3ft 6 inches long and about 6 inches wide (width being the total width of sleeper not just the top that the rail sits on).

Anybody out point me the right direction for more information?

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Postby Trevor Coburn » Sun Dec 12, 2010 4:12 pm

Pressed steel sleepers: [6” x 3”, 175mm x 80mm] gauges below 650mm: Length = track gauge + 600mm, rail weight 25 – 30 lb /yd , 12 – 14kg /m

Flat steel sleepers, [100mm x 20mm] gauges below 650mm: Track gauge + 200mm, rail weight 12 -20 lb /yd, 5 – 10kg/m

Wood sleepers, [130 x 100] 2.2 x track gauge long

Rail length 16ft / 5m.

Rail Height 12lb = 2” /50mm, [in 1:24 scale =code 83] 20lb = 2½” / 65mm, [=code 100], 30lb = 2¾” / 70mm,[=code 115]

Sleeper spacing (18”/500mm gauge.) 18” - 24” 500 – 600mm. (Although this dimension can vary on axle loading)

All based on DIN standards.
I hope this helps.
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Re: (F) Jubilee Track Sleepers

Postby DuffieldBank » Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:05 pm

Amazing how 5 years after the fact, this information becomes useful to me.

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Re: (F) Jubilee Track Sleepers

Postby rue_d_etropal » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:52 am

I think that is why this forum is an important source of info.
One of my many projects is to design some of this type of track for 3D printing. My experiment with ultra tight radius proved the WSF plastic is strong enough to hold the rail as long as the rail is pre-bent. Looking through the sources, even just Decauville and there are many different sleeper profiles, so I really need to get my other design work finished before I start on Jubilee track.
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Re: (F) Jubilee Track Sleepers

Postby ChrisMears » Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:42 pm

Thanks for posting these dimensions. I had previously downloaded the scanned copy of the Hudson catalogue from the CaneSIG website. The catalogue includes a superb collection of full scale sections through items like the steel sleepers and some equally fantastic notes on spacing but nothing on the length of the sleeper itself. Now I have the missing piece of the puzzle.

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