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British Rail Gauge Sizes - Info Needed 1/35
AlanL
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 08:09 AM UTC
Greetings all,

Well I've signed up for the rail campaign so I need to get some information about British Track. My dio will be besed on a dockyard scene with the tracks running onto a pier.

What is the correct gauge in 1/35 for British raiway tracks. I know we have narrow gauge and broad gauge but was wondering about size as all of the track available in 1/35 will be set for Germany standards I think? Was there a difference??

Also are there any Freight Cars or Flatbeds that I could use in a British setting?

Thanks in advance.

Cheers

Al

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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 09:09 AM UTC
I don't know about 1/35 but british OO model railroad is compatable with 1/76 models
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 10:13 AM UTC
Hi Luke,

Thanks, has to be 1/35 I'm afraid to fit in with other stuff that I have.

The question is really about the width of the track used in 1940s Britain, was it the same as that used in Europe???

If so then I can use the existing track sets or if not I can alter the width accordingly. Don't want to get the stuff laid only for someone to say its the wrong width between the rails!!!!!! :-) :-) :-) :-)

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 12:41 PM UTC
Well, since all the railroad stuff you can buy is german, as far as I have been able to find out, you better stick to continental standards - or german.

I reality, i dont think that the difference will be notisable. - for rails you have the choice between various resin products (expencive), Ironside tracks (lots of cleanup and blurry detail) or wait a little until Trumpeters tracksections hits the shops. That are bringing out their tracks for the BR52 as a seperate kit.

Or... you could just buy some plastruct or evergreen "I" beams and use them with ties/sleepers made from balsawood.

For rollingstock, the flatcars and boxcars are pretty much alike being german og british as far as I know, as long as you dont buy some of the more specialized german stuff, like the ssyms series for tigers etc.

Cheers
AlanL
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 02:47 PM UTC
Hi Jan,

The thinking seems to be that there was no difference in the track width, Britain having a similar gauge to Europe at that time which is great as I can just use the stuff that's available.

Full steam ahead then :-) :-) :-) :-)

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 04:01 PM UTC
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AlanL
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 04:11 PM UTC
Hi Jan,

Yip I'll be searching IWM and other possible sites when I get back home. I have a Churchill that needs at home though!!!!!

Cheers

Al
AlanL
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 04:24 PM UTC
Greetings all,

I've seen some stuff over on PMMS from Real Rail that looks like it might be useful:

http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/newkitnews/newf.htm

Anyone used this before or any comments welcome. It's supplied by the Hobby Centre in Ottawa but I don't have any contact details for Real Rail???

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 04:59 PM UTC
Hi,

As far as I remember the track widht it's the same for about all european countries, with exception for Portugal and Spain and URSS.


AlanL
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 05:27 PM UTC
Hi Jose,

Thanks for that, that's the second confirmation about rail width so that's good news.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 06:50 PM UTC
Regarding the real rail thinggies, they look fine, but I guess you can make more or less the same with some evergreen "I" beams and some balsawood - like these I made for a dio :

AlanL
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 07:00 PM UTC
Hi Jan,

Thanks for that, more ideas to think on. Nice looking dio there.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 09:47 PM UTC
Hi,

One more thing that I remember - normally at piers and quays the tracks are not salient in the ground but are leveled with it to facilitate the movement of trucks and other vehicles.




AlanL
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 09:59 PM UTC
Hi Jose,

Yip got that one covered, sort of :-) :-) :-)

Tracks normally are embedded into the concrete or tarmac with the supports ending some way away, level crossing stuff sort off, but thanks for the tip, the T beams might just be the job.

Cheers

Al