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Old 23-08-2017, 03:28 PM   #11
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Bending points has to be the most ridiculous idea I have ever heard of .
OK I guess long as you dont mind ruining a perfectly good and expensive point...............John
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Old 23-08-2017, 03:56 PM   #12
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I've done it in N gauge without any issues.
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Old 23-08-2017, 04:24 PM   #13
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Just because you've bent points doesn't make it a good idea, it is a very bad idea and should never be done. They are quite delicate and bending will put some parts of them under stress. If points won't fit in the space required, move the track.
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Old 23-08-2017, 05:03 PM   #14
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There is a reason why Peco and Hornby make flexible track but their points are rigid.
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If points won't fit in the space required, move the track.
Or scratchbuild a custom one to fit...
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Old 27-08-2017, 03:53 PM   #16
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I have mainly all code 100 Peco flexi all except for one end curve which is set track peco and mixed with Hornby sections. They fit together exactly and would defy any body to tell them apart except from the rail colour. Hornby NS rail is more of a silver colour, and the Peco is more a golden colour. John
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Old 27-08-2017, 07:39 PM   #17
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I adjust points although by easing the curves.
Two examples:-

Tillig make a Code 83 point that is sort of mid way between UK 3rd and 4th radius on the outer curve but the inner curve sharpens to almost UK 1st radius so I cut through the sleeper webbing and ease the inner curve to almost UK 3rd radius. The useful thing about Tillig track, aside from it having ready weathered rail sides, is that the height from sleeper base to rail top is, unlike all/most other Code 83 track, the same as Code 100 meaning it can be joined without needing packing and a very simple way of joining together is to use Pecos Code 75 to Code 100 rail joiners.

One location on my layout needed a gentle curved point but whilst the Peco Streamline curved point fitted 5/6th of its length it was too curved at the toe of the point so I cut through the joins between the sleepers on the inside for the length from the toe to in line with the point blade pivot and straitened out that section of the point.
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Old 28-08-2017, 11:35 PM   #19
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There is a reason why Peco and Hornby make flexible track but their points are rigid.
Tillig points are slightly flexible so actually there is no real reason for them to be wholly rigid provided neither the angle of rails at the frog or the switching of the point blades is not affected.
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Tillig points are slightly flexible so actually there is no real reason for them to be wholly rigid provided neither the angle of rails at the frog or the switching of the point blades is not affected.
Well, I was about to 'bite' but I did bother to do some quick research and indeed, Tillig points can be "slightly bent if necessary" (quote from DCC Concepts). But they are very expensive although they do look very good.
But.....Peco and Hornby are not made to be bent so the best advice is not to try it with those brands.
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