Changing Times

Hardcoaler Sep 16, 2018

  1. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    When I was young, I used to scoff at portable rerailers as seen below as being ridiculous. Why I could instantly and flawlessly place any equipment on the track, so sweat. Times have changed over many decades and I recently found myself getting frustrated at not being able to get things on the track like I used to.

    Admitting defeat, I just ordered a Kato rerailer [Item 24-000] and it's been my N Scale salvation. My gosh, it makes it all so easy again. It's the cheapest and most satisfying hobby tool I've bought in quite some time. (y)

    (Sorry about the lousy photo. I was too lazy to set up a time exposure with better depth of field)

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  2. JimJ

    JimJ Staff Member

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    Cool. When I ordered Atlas Z flex track (for my Nn3 project) it arrived with a rerailer. Took me a second to realize what it was. Haven’t used it yet but I will. My eyes aren’t as good as they were.
     
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  3. mtntrainman

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    I've had mine so long I believe the metal flanges on wheels have cut grooves in the ramp itself !:whistle:
     
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  4. John Moore

    John Moore TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have three of them and they see heavy use.
     
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  5. jlundy46

    jlundy46 TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have two and use them nearly every day.
     
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  6. Eagle2

    Eagle2 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    They are handy little things.
     
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  7. mr magnolia

    mr magnolia TrainBoard Member

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    I am impressed that you could ever quickly and flawlessly re-rail your stock, and jealous of the early years that you must have spent enjoying this hobby - I didn’t start until I was 50, and I didn’t realise I wanted to until I was about 49 3/4!
    So re-railers have always been useful and necessary......


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  8. Traindork

    Traindork TrainBoard Member

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    Retailers are prototypical!!

    I use one now. I'm just over 50 and my failing eyesight is the most frustrating part of getting older.
     
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  9. Traindork

    Traindork TrainBoard Member

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    I meant rerailers. See what I mean??
     
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  10. MK

    MK TrainBoard Member

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    I have more than one, placed at various strategic spots along the layout. :)
     
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  11. Rich_S

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    Hardcoaler, I'll admit I once thought people who used ramp rerailers were old fogies, but I did kept that opinion to myself. Oh the arrogance of being young :rolleyes: Now as I get older and get to experience failing eyesight, I find myself eating crow from time to time. A few years ago I purchased a couple of cars directly from Micro-Trains and included in my order free of charge was a rerailer. Last year I purchased the Kato V5 track expansion pack for a small under the tree layout and found it shipped with a ramp rerailer. Seems these little tools are becoming very popular and handy (y)
     
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  12. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I keep one on my work bench. Age, eyesight, tremors....
     
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  13. BNSF FAN

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    Count me in as a user as well. :D Have two. One for the layout and one that is slated for the test and programing track I keep planning to make but haven't gotten around to yet.
     
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  14. NScaleKen

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    I try to do it without them, and often end up using them after subjecting myself to a bit of frustration. Just started as a model railroader at 46 (versus playing with them as a kid but having no real clue about a railroads importance to society and practical functionality).
     
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  15. WM183

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    In my early 40s, and so far my hands are steady, but my eyesight has always been terrible (my diopter is -10.5). Rerailers are wonderful little things!
     
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  16. Rich_S

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    Hi WM183, I'm not sure what a diopter value of -10.5 means, but I understand and sympathize with you. In my twenties I had 20/20 eyesight in my right eye and 20/30 eyesight in the left eye. Now at 57, I cannot read a magazine or this web page without my bi-focal glasses. While working on my N scale locomotives and rolling stock, my OptiVisor is my new best friend :ROFLMAO::LOL:
     
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  17. nd-rails

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    Yes...
    on friends layout each remote 'station' also had one (if they were hung back there!).
     
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  18. dualgauge

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    Was using one that was brown in color from a retailer. Leaned over for something last show and broke it in two. Now have to use Kato's like everybody else in club. Still have a tall one from Bachmann from the 1970's. Also have used OptiVisor or fluorescent magnifying lamp.
     
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  19. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

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    The worst part (I'm 65) is that I go to put a car or loco on the track and I think it's there and it's not. So then I fumble around for a lot longer than I should have to until it's finally on both rails with both trucks, cursing all the while.

    Unfortunately, although I do have a portable rerailer, but only because it was included in a recent eBay auction, it won't fit in a tight situation when there's a derailment and I have to do it strictly by the regular old method, anyway.

    I have also found it's harder to get the cursor correctly placed on the screen for editing too. :D

    Doug
     
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  20. SP&S #750

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    :) I'm 24 and I've been using both my N and Z rerailers. I'll probably appreciate them more as I age especially after I had highsided my bike and broke my wrist earlier this year.
     
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