ZOOM MEETING 8PM TONIGHT - There will be a Templot Zoom meeting TONIGHT Thursday 2nd February 2023 at 8pm UK time. This a test to see if the system works and the Templot screens are clear enough to see. If so it will be a general natter about Templot. All welcome.

More info and meeting link: click here.

  • The Plug Track functions are experimental and still being developed. Some of the earlier pages of this topic are now out-of-date.

    For an updated overview of this project see this post.   For some practical modelling aspects of using Plug Track see The Book of Plug Track.

    The assumption is that you have your own machines on which to experiment, or helpful friends with machines. Please do not send Templot files to commercial laser cutting or 3D printing firms while this project is still experimental, because the results are unpredictable and possibly wasteful.

    Some pages of this and other topics include contributions from members who are creating and posting their own CAD designs for 3D printing and laser-cutting. Do not confuse them with Templot's own exported CAD files.
Martin Wynne

REA Bullhead track drawings

These "Standard Railway Equipment" (SRE) bullhead track component designs were used by the LMS, LNER, SR, and LPTB after the grouping in 1923, making components interchangeable between those companies:

https://www.lmssociety.org.uk/assets/pdfs/permanentWay1928.pdf

It's important to note that the switch and crossing drawings are "typical" and not necessarily an exact drawing of any given prototype. Each company had their own way of using these components.

Note that there are drawings for both BS-95R 95lb rail and BS-85R 85lb rails.

The 95lb rails are by far the most common, corresponding to code75 rail in 4mm/ft scale, and code131 rail in 7mm/ft scale.

A printed paper version of this PDF file is available from the North Eastern Railway Association.

The GWR did not join in the REA and preferred to continue using their existing designs after grouping. BR(W) did start using some REA designs in the 1950s.

Martin.
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