N Scale Track Laying Tools/Aids for 1-1/8" Track Center-lines....

Sumner Nov 20, 2020

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    Instead of adding to the other thread on track laying tools/aids I thought it best to start a second one to avoid some confusion. The other thread has track locators and such that are designed if you want to use the more common track center-line of 1-1/4" (1.250"). Some prefer a little narrower track center-line so I'm also adding these with the 1/8" narrower center-line.

    (NOTE: I can't go back and change/add to the other thread title to say 'for 1-1/4" Track Center-lines'. If a moderator could do that I'd appreciate it as I think it would be less confusing. Then also delete this note if possible, thanks)

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    These are some track laying tools/aids that you can 3D print. On my previous post most of the tools other than the first one were meant to create 1.250” track center-lines. On this page the tools are meant to create 1.125” track center-lines.

    The first two are inspired by a tool that use to be quite available. It is a simple block with two grooves for the track. Sliding it back and forth on the block makes it quick and easy to either straighten out a not-so-straight piece of flex track or by twisting it slightly it is easy to put a curve into a piece of flex track. I saw a YouTube of someone using one and tried to get one. Finally found 'one' in a store's stock in Canada and bought it. Not sure if they are easier to find now or not but the 3D printed one seems to work exactly the same.

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    The other items shown here are track locators for two parallel tracks or the second can be used to locate 3 or more tracks. I got the idea for making them after seeing some that Rick had printed out and used on a layout he was working on. Not sure if he has the files he used available or not. Take a minute and look at what he is working on and how he used his track locators ( HERE ).

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    You can print the track locators in a narrow width (shown above) or a wider width. They both could be weighted if needed to help hold the track in place. The wider ones can hold a can of soup for weight.

    You can find the print files for the tools/aids shown on this page ( HERE ).

    If you need tools for 1.250 ( 1 1/4”) track center-lines you can find them ( HERE ).

    Here is a link to these items on my web site.....

    http://1fatgmc.com/RailRoad/Trackwork/page-24.html

    You can find all the files to 3D print this object and others on my thingiverse.com account ( HERE ).

    Sumner

     
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