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Keithp

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@The Doc

@keith

I use thin nosed pliers.  If the pin is so far in you cannot grip its head, then try gripping the sleeper itself.

ok I will try that.

Thanks

Keithp

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@The Doc

I should add that, yes, I have damaged a few points, in which they go straight in the bin or sold online as "damaged, spares or repair".  Most track, especially plain flexible (which is most of my layout) gets re-used without any problems.

Ok thanks. I use standard Hornby track, not flexible track, but I will try the hot water trick. The layout is in the garage, so spill is not an issue. My only other concern is the pins. I did ensure they were quite close to the track, so I am not sure how easily they will come out. But I will try!

Keithp

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@The Duke 71000

"Keithp"

 

You find it all explained with pictures on my General Discussion page "BASINGSTOKE 1958-67 87ft x 25ft".

Indeed lots of pics showing track construction, and the way to install and remove track, as well as how to go about buiding your own points, save a fortune, and build the points to fit the location. Rather than design the layout to fit commercial points......

 

Good luck.

The Duke 71000 

Ok cheers, I will have a look.

Keithp

254 posts

Hello All,

I was just wondering if anyone had any tips on how to remove and reuse track that has been pinned and ballasted. In particular any hints on removal of points would be appreciated. I am assuming I will need to be careful!, but are there any tried & tested methods or do you just bin and restart with new track.

Thanks.

Keith

Keithp

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My birthday tomorrow - so have ordered and received the xmas hamper 2 set. I checked the loco works - but the rest is for tomorrow!

My layout is the garage - but will be put away for the winter soon, so about another two weeks of running for me.

Keith

Keithp

254 posts

Ok Folks,

As usual excellent replies. Thank you all. I am trying the wagons again with some weight, as I am sure now that is the issue. As to the power problem, I have no idea. I can only assume the clip I have used has become loose in some way, so the new two pins do not fit correctly as suggested. I am reluctant to try and remove track, so hopefully my existing controller and connector will last for  a few more years!  The new one is a back up, so if necessary I will try soldering a connector as suggested.

Thanks again

Keith

Keithp

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Thanks. I don't have a meter unfortunately, but  the wires do show actual 'bare' wiring near the two pin, so perhaps they are slightly loose. On my other layout I have checked and they work ok, but the two pins do go into the connector with more of a firm connection. How about if I wrapped the pins in foil to make a closer fit - would that work?

Keithp

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Ok thanks. It is straight track, I can't see any issues with the join, it feels right to me. I will try some weights and see how that works.

The track is pinned down now - as the original controller worked fine! This new one is a replacement in case the original breaks. However I will see if I could remove the track or failing that I will have to try soldering. I did lay the track, test and test before fixing - the problem is this new controller!

Keithp

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Hello All,

I have two small issues that I would welcome some advice on please.

First - I have a section of track - normal track - no points - where some of my wagons seem to derail. It only happens with the smaller - more light wagons - the locos and also the coaches do not de-rail. So is it because of the weight issue? I have checked the track and it seems ok to me.

Second - I have recently bought a replacement controller - Hornby - with the two pins. Now for the existing controller - there are no issues at all. But this new controller does not work unless I 'fiddle' with the two pin connector. For the old connector - no issues. The controller works fine on another layout - so how sensitive are the new controllers? Do the metal plates on the track connector have to be really firmly attached? Seems odd that the old one works ok. Again any ideas please.

Thanks.

Keith

Keithp

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Yes it does seem a strange. I have spent this evening trying to work out the difference - and I just can't see! As I have the more expensive one and it works very well I will probably  go for the hamper pack - it does include the wagons & coaches as well. But thanks for the views.

Keith

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