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Old 11-07-2018, 10:24 PM   #1
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Default Bending a Peco point!

I was watching the latest Everard Junction - which covered track laying, and Richard said that just occasionally the track geometry will not allow a point to fit where you want it. Taking a right-hand point, Richard cut all the webbing on the "inside" of the curve, this allowed a degree of bending to take place, and it of course fitted perfectly. Has anyone tried this?
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I've heard of it but I wouldn't try it. I'd replan the layout instead.
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Old 12-07-2018, 02:09 AM   #3
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Not curved but cut about to fit a diamond in
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Whereas you might get away with it from a fit perspective you have basically seperated the track from the sleepers so there is no longer any rigidity to the point and movement and therefore reliability may well become an issue.

If it was me I would prefer to make use of flexible track to close the joint and leave the point alone.
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I dont see the point. If you pardon the pun. I fail to see why such a drastic measure should be needed. There is such a wide range of pointwork available surley cutting a perfectly good point seems unnecessary to me.
Vanderlisum comes to mind.
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I have read about points being bent slightly to make them fit. I think we are talking about mm's thatís all. Better to do this than have a kink where the track joins. Can really only be done with long streamline points.
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Well I have never and would never cut into a nice point which the manufactures have designed work properly as it was designed to do. If you want to bend something, that is what flexi track is for. I honestly cannot see any reason why one would need to cut up a point. Of course you dont want a kink next to a point connection but why should you have one if you have laid the track properly. I am surprised at you Brian because in the past voiced your opposition to altering good points saying that it normally damages them ect:
Well that is the point I am making anyway.
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I didn’t say I had done it John and didn’t say I would do it. I just said that I had "READ" about it being done. Actually read it in RM I do believe.

Have a look at RMWeb, plenty on there about it. Could be fairly common.
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Fair enough Brian yes you did only say you had read about it. Sorry about any misunderstanding Brian
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Yes, he was talking "mm's" - points are of course no flexi-track. If you watch the video you can see what I was describing. Richard - the owner of Everard Junction produces superb easy to follow videos - probably why he got a large spread in Hornby Magazine.

Such is the detail he goes to, his new EJ layout is four track around the loft layout, and all the Peco track has had all the sleepers moved so they have the correct spacing - a very tedious job.
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