Re: Steam era track and CVT Tie strips.

Bob Sterner

While looking for the best track to put under your steam era freight cars, you might also want to pay attention to the spacing between the ties. I've used both kinds of CVT tie strips and the two types do provide a strong visual contrast. Even more than tie length (to me) the mainline ties make beefier (and more modern) looking track because of the closer spacing between the ties.

Bob Sterner
St. Paul, MN

--- In STMFC@..., "Brian Carlson" <prrk41361@...> wrote:

Thanks, this won't be as simple as I thought. Pennsy has 8'-6" ties based on
some documents I was directed to. Now to find out what the Erie had in their
specs. Since my original post was only marginally on topic, I don't want to
risk Moderate jail again so if anyone has information on Erie track
practices in the 50's contact me OFF LIST Thanks.

Brian J. Carlson, P.E.

Cheektowaga, NY

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of
Richard Hendrickson
Sent: Sunday, October 16, 2011 5:37 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Steam era track and CVT Tie strips.

On Oct 16, 2011, at 12:44 PM, Brian Carlson wrote:

I want to try handlaying some track using CVT Tie strips. They
offer both
8'-6" and 9'-0" mainline tie length. 210-2001 which are 9 ft ties, and
210-2003 8'-6" ties which of these, if either, are more
prototypical for the
steam era. My steam era freight cars need someplace to run.
Brian, different railroad had different standards for crossties.
It's hard to know what standard practice would have been on the
railroad you're modeling. On the Santa Fe, 9' hardwood ties were
required on all main line trackage. On secondary trackage, 8' ties
were used on tangents, 9' ties on all curves of one degree or more.
Branch lines got 8' ties.

Richard Hendrickson

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