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3rd Rail Available
« on: January 02, 2016, 10:48:29 PM »
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Re: 3rd Rail Available
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2016, 11:48:03 PM »
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Wow...

Speaking of Green Max what ever became of their Plasser Tamper?
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2016, 04:07:17 PM »
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Wow...

Speaking of Green Max what ever became of their Plasser Tamper?

I didn't know they made one.  I have one made by Hobbytrain/Lemke.  It looks good but the mechanism is a bit crude.
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Re: 3rd Rail Available
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2016, 09:39:52 PM »
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It's a little hard to tell given the dearth of any decent resolution photos of the final product, but that appears to be over-running third rail with a minimal cover board. Very interesting product.
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Re: 3rd Rail Available
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2016, 10:33:11 PM »
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I'm no 3rd rail expert but it looks a bit clunky to me.
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Re: 3rd Rail Available
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2016, 12:23:43 AM »
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I didn't know they made one.  I have one made by Hobbytrain/Lemke.  It looks good but the mechanism is a bit crude.



Check it out:  https://www.loco1hobby.net/en/completed-painted-models/658-greenmax-4709.html

It was supposed to be out last summer, then November, now ????

1/150 of course.  Google it, many pre-production photos on the web.

It is similar to units owned/leased by BNSF, UP and Amtrak.  Big difference is the noise abatement "shutters". 

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Re: 3rd Rail Available
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2016, 03:24:08 AM »
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Cool - I didn't know.  And a 2-unit set, and less expensive than the single unit Hobbytrain one.  The 1:150 thing shouldn't be a problem on a model of this type of equipment.
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Re: 3rd Rail Available
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2016, 06:18:01 AM »
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Cool - I didn't know.  And a 2-unit set, and less expensive than the single unit Hobbytrain one.  The 1:150 thing shouldn't be a problem on a model of this type of equipment.

That's my thought too - the Japanese version might be slightly smaller to start anyway  (not sure of clearances there)...

There is a second announced machine to go with it, but it is not like anything I've seen in North America (or Europe for that matter)

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Re: 3rd Rail Available
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2016, 08:25:41 AM »
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I don't want to use my expensive micro engineering rail for simple decoration , I am happy there are some plastic alternatives however, I need overrunning third rail Chicago style !

The under running rail would be excellent for SEPTA .

I guess I'll wait for some simple plastic rail....

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Re: 3rd Rail Available
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2016, 05:45:56 PM »
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I don't want to use my expensive micro engineering rail for simple decoration , I am happy there are some plastic alternatives however, I need overrunning third rail Chicago style !

The under running rail would be excellent for SEPTA .

I guess I'll wait for some simple plastic rail....

Randy

Is nickel silver rail *THAT* expensive?!    How about using styrene strip instead?  Or buy some Atlas code 70 flext track and pull the rail out from the tie strip? 
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Re: 3rd Rail Available
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2016, 01:55:42 AM »
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I've long wondered about flexible plastic welded rail as a scenery item.  It's often seen laying along the track, and would make modeling a rail train much easier.  Cast in a "clean rail" color, it would also be usable for 3rd rail.  The main issue I see is that, to get it flexible enough for a trainload to take common model curves, it might have to be made from something similar to fishing line, and could be hard to glue.
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Re: 3rd Rail Available
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2016, 03:54:33 AM »
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Re: 3rd Rail Available
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2016, 06:35:35 AM »
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I think the micro engineering rail is a bit on the expensive side for scenery. I will probably do as Peteski suggests and use styrene strips of some sort until someone comes out with code 40 plastic rail.

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Re: 3rd Rail Available
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2016, 11:25:02 AM »
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Reminds me of how that s-gauge modeller Bruce Manson put a 3rd rail between his track to impress his friends who enjoyed O scale  :P

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Re: 3rd Rail Available
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2016, 01:50:11 AM »
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Gary:  Somebody finally did it!  I had assumed (you know what they say about that) that there wasn't enough of a market for it to be worthwhile.
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