Re: New Shapes to come

John Hagen <sprinthag@...>


I do think there would be use for flexible, plastic rail for scenery and

Another possible use for flexible rail would be aprons for car
floats/ferry's. Some years ago another local railroader and myself discussed
the possibility of mounting a railcar ferry on springs so it would have to
loaded properly to prevent rolling the boat too far. Well, that would
require a lot of engineering and the biggest problem would be an apron that
would flex realistically. I have thought about it on again and off again and
while I think with enough joints the apron could be made to flax but the
rails would keep it stiff. I have done some resin casting and there were
times I messed up the ratio and ended up with some very nice looking but
very flexible castings. I thought if I could cast flexible rail... The fact
that the track couldn't supply power isn't a problem as idler cars were
generally used to keep loco's off the apron.

John Hagen

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of Ed
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 5:14 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] New Shapes to come

We were talking about having Evergreen,or someone make some new
shape materials.

Well I'm going to dive off on the high board and hope someone filled
the pool.

How about making Styrene Rail, yes I said Rail, in code 100, 83 and
55. Think about it. How many times have you seen photos of the Right
of Way with, depending on the era, 38' sections or welded rail along
side of the track awaiting to be rerailed, or stacks of rail stored
in a freight yard.

This also opens up the posiblety of a welded rail train. Say 15 old
wooden side dump cars with the ends removed and one or two levels of
Rail. Now, I think, if you ahcor the rail in the middle it should
bend ok without derailing the cars.

So if we can but scale HO Tie plates and Rail Joiners in Styrene why
not Scale Rail. I know it can be done just look at the pieces of iron
work that Plastruct markets.

OK, how about your thoughts.

Ed Ursem

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