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  • The Plug Track functions are experimental and still being developed.

    For an updated overview of this project see this topic.   For some practical modelling aspects of using Plug Track see Building 3D 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. All files derived from Templot are © Martin Wynne.

Tip of the day - new NG7 range

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New announcement from Bachmann:




There are some ready-made sample 0n16.5 track templates available in Templot. I may need to change the name to NG7 if that's what Bachmann are going to be calling it. They can be found here:


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A selection of templates will appear in the library viewer. Clicking one of them copies it into the control template on the trackpad. The templates can be used as-is to create a track plan, or curved and modified as required in the usual way.


slate_sheds3_1280x800.jpg


slate_sheds5_1200x800.jpg


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cheers,

Martin.
 
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Hi Martin,
The models will be very popular I suspect. The working chopper couplings should be nice but they didn't exactly say they worked and could be auto-uncoupled, maybe an old style uncoupling ramp would work.

Sarcastic people may say that it is another range from Bachmann with the wrong track gauge but using an easily available RTR track system makes commercial sense. The O14 narrow gauge group will probably have fun converting the models. Glad to see that Bachmann don't(generally) follow the limited run methods used by certain other companies that just leads to a lack of models for dealers to sell and inflated Ebay prices as people cash in.

Other ways are available to get an Alice class like NG Trains

Rob
 
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It's interesting to see these images popping up here in what I assumed was going to be a strongly standard gauge forum - particularly since one of my other hobby tasks is creating patterns for reproduction owner and builder plates for LNWR slate waggons (as part of my involvement with the FR's heritage waggon fleet) very similar to the one seen on GWR 26 above.
 
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It's interesting to see these images popping up here in what I assumed was going to be a strongly standard gauge forum - particularly since one of my other hobby tasks is creating patterns for reproduction owner and builder plates for LNWR slate waggons (as part of my involvement with the FR's heritage waggon fleet) very similar to the one seen on GWR 26 above.
@boston1832

Hi Chris,

More of the same at:

https://85a.uk/templot/club/index.php?posts/2157

https://85a.uk/templot/archive/topics/topic_3228.php#p25405 (very long page, slow to load).

cheers,

Martin.
 
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Are the above templates able to 3D printed. Are they using code 75 rail.

Keith

Peco use code 100, I assume it will run on code 75, but to my cost it looks wrong. In my opinion code 100 has the visual mass required
 
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Are the above templates able to 3D printed. Are they using code 75 rail.

Keith
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Hi Keith,

Any template can be 3D printed. But the results won't necessarily be what you want or prototypical.

Most narrow-gauge railways use flat-bottom rail with spikes. Plug track at present works only for chaired bullhead track. The above templates are for 7mm/ft scale -- you would get a very overscale chunky look with code 131 rail and 7mm/ft chairs. Also those templates use a custom switch size. At present you would need to change them to a 9ft or 12ft straight switch to get the chairing.

The Festiniog Railway used some chaired track, but the rails and chairs are smaller than standard gauge. You could improvise an NG7 template to get somewhere near that by starting with a 4mm/ft scale 00 gauge template, increasing the timber sizes and omitting alternate timbers. You could also make the check rail ends look more like typical n.g. by shortening the flare length and increasing the end gap.

The result would look something like this (using code 75 bullhead rail):

improvised_ng_3d.png


As John says, code 75 bullhead rail looks a bit too skimpy for 7mm n.g. You would do better by starting with an S scale template and using the larger bullhead rail which is available from the S Scale society. But that would need full timber shoving -- omitting alternate timbers would be too widely spaced.

cheers,

Martin.
 
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Many years ago we had a holiday in North Wales and we explored the stations by car. The first station just past Boston Lodge had (possibly still has) an interesting mixture of chaired bullhead and flatbottom. I have not seen S gauge rail so have no idea what it looks like, you never know one of the 7mm narrow gauge suppliers may even produce some rail nearer scale in the future if NG7 takes off
 
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Karlgarin does a variety of Codes in HiNi Flatbottom, would one of those be suitable?
Code 82/7 - to represent, in 7mm scale, prototype 40-45lb/yard rails
Code 100/7 - to represent, in 7mm scale, prototype 60-70lb/yard rails
Code 125/7 - to represent, in 7mm scale, prototype 80-100lb/yard rails
 
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