G Scale Track Width

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G Scale Track Width
Posted by MMER1116 on Saturday, July 15, 2017 10:00 PM

I am quite new to posting questions, please correct me if I am posting incorrectly or not in the correct place.

I have bent some code 332 brass rail using the Train Li dual bender and have some sections that are too tight.  Unfortuneatly I find this now after quite a bit of track has been laid.   I know the nominal G Scale width is 45mm.  What is the actual exceptable range?

Is there any recommendations on spreading the rail where it is too tight causing derailments.  There are about 6 different points about 4 inches long that are a problem. 

Thanks for any help or suggestions.

Mike M.

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Posted by ttrigg on Sunday, July 16, 2017 9:58 AM

I'm having a bit of a problem seeing a dual rail bender changing the rail spacing. The rail bender is designed to hold the rails the required 45 mm apart.

Did you rip the rails from their mounting points on the ties? Do the ties no longer meet the rails at a 90 degree angle? If you can answer no to these two questions then I beleive you have bent the rails into a much too small curve for your equipment.

Tell us what equipment is jumping the rails and what your curvature radius is.

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Posted by Greg Elmassian on Sunday, July 16, 2017 6:40 PM

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Posted by MMER1116 on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 10:18 PM

Thank you for the help. The gage inconsistancy was due to re-using some rail that was once outside.  The ties no longer had a firm grip on the rail.  After bending with the Train Li dual bender the rail had some tight spots.  I had two cabooses that tended to ride up the rail.  I found these two had out of gage wheels.  Everthing much smoother now.

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Posted by Greg Elmassian on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 11:28 PM
Mike, whose manufacture is the track, especially the ties. Greg

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Posted by MMER1116 on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 8:01 AM

I am not quite sure.  A friend could no longer take care of his garden railway and pulled out all his track.  He kept all the buildings and rolling stock, but gave me the track.  I was desigining an indoor layout and took the track. Most of my layout is LGB sectional.  There were four, non-standard curves that I decided to bend rail for.  So I layed the used rail and tested it with a LGB Rack Locomotive, all was good......until I tried it with a train in tow.  I ran a short train, three passenger cars and a caboose.  The caboose gave me the trouble.

The track ties are narrower than LGB, has screws in the bottom of the tie into the rail, and uses small screws horizontally to hold the rail joiners.  Maybe Aristocraft track?

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Posted by Greg Elmassian on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 11:57 AM

Yep, sounds like Aristo... and the "spikes" on aristo track do NOT keep the rails in gauge, the only thing that keeps it in gauge is the screws, which I KNOW you removed since you re-bent the track.

Notice enormous gap between rail and "spike"... that will not hold gauge:

 

You should consider long term to get some other tie strips that will hold gauge.

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Posted by MMER1116 on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 11:17 PM

Thanks again for the help and information, it is much appreciated.  

Mike

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