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garethashenden

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Sources for wood ties
« on: February 01, 2017, 10:08:35 AM »
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Where does everyone get wood ties for handlaid track? I'm aware of Fast Tracks and the Proto87 store. Are there other sources as well? Any difference in quality?

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Re: Sources for wood ties
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2017, 10:13:22 AM »
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I used to get them from Rail Craft, which is now ME, but alas they are discontinued ...  :facepalm:

http://www.microengineering.com/products_ties.htm

So yeah, I am curious too.

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Re: Sources for wood ties
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2017, 10:26:58 AM »
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Clover House is good.  I've gotten ties from them.  http://cloverhouse.com/Store/index.php?cPath=35_82

I've heard good things about Kappler, but haven't bought any  https://www.kapplerusa.com/y2k/p-n-ties.htm

Fast Tracks has ties also.  But I haven't tried them either.  http://www.handlaidtrack.com/wood-ties



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Re: Sources for wood ties
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2017, 12:33:16 PM »
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Fast Tracks sells Kapler- I ordered a package last month.

Mt. Albert makes nice ties too.

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Re: Sources for wood ties
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2017, 03:42:17 PM »
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I used to get them from Rail Craft, which is now ME, but alas they are discontinued ...  :facepalm:

http://www.microengineering.com/products_ties.htm

So yeah, I am curious too.

Mark

In my experience, the ME ties were well out of scale anyway.  At least the ones that were stained already. 

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Re: Sources for wood ties
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2017, 11:03:20 PM »
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Re: Sources for wood ties
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2017, 01:03:38 AM »
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The ME N scale stained ties I bought were fine, if you wanted modern 7x9x9ft ties.  If you're using ME flextrak the ME ties were the same size, which makes them my choice for mainline track.  I used their HOn3 ties for bridge ties in a few places, where I wanted something taller than the standard 10x10.  Stand them in edge and they're about 14-15 inches tall in N scale.

Clover house has several sizes, but the prestained ones I've seen are all "aged" ties, not freshly creosoted.  Fine for older track, not so good for a well maintained mainline.  Of course, they can always be painted or stained to suit.

I haven't tried the Kappler ties, but the few pieces of lumber I have from them look good.  If I ever need more ties that's probably where I'll go.  They're only available unstained, so will need to be colored.  Also, their bridge ties are 8x8, so I would probably use stripwood and cut my own, as I prefer 10x10 for most bridges.
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Re: Sources for wood ties
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2017, 02:37:31 AM »
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Thanks everyone for the info on wood ties.  Will eventually need some for staging raw ties that would be heading to the creosote plant so now I know where to get some.