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GAUGE 3
The Largest Standard-Gauge Scenic Model Railway

I was approached by the 'Gauge 3 Society' with a view of producing injection moulded track parts for their members.  Up until now the construction of trackwork has been mainly confined to the laborious method of using white metal chairs pinned to homemade wooden sleepers.  I have introduced a small, but now complete range of track parts to enable new and existing members to build trackwork which is both quick to assemble, has a great aesthetic appearance yet being long lasting in the great outdoors.  I have introduced gauge widened sleeper units for curves, which will enable freer running and use where space is confined. I expect to see an increase of exhibition, and more scale looking layouts in the future in this up and coming scale.

For membership of the Society, please visit "The Gauge 3 Society"

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STAINLESS STEEL RAIL

The most satisfying thing I have done in 'Gauge 1' was to introduce the code 180 Stainless Steel rail, now I have done the same for 'Gauge 3'.  The new rail is code 250 bullhead which matches the existing brass section. With an overall size of 6.35mm (250 thou) x 3.15mm (123 thou), a head height of 2mm and foot height of 1.4mm, and root thickness of 1.25mm.  It fits my moulded sleeper unit and the G3 Society White Metal Chairs.  A maximum flange depth of 3mm (without wheel coning) can be used.  This section is drawn exclusively for me in stainless steel and has a greatly improved appearance. It also has some great advantages over brass, being harder wearing, which is very useful where rail wear could be a problem such as portable exhibition tracks.  It has approximately 30% less expansion and contraction than brass, so a smaller gap can be used at the fishplates and there is less risk of buckling in the summer heat.  It is conductive for those who use 2 rail or stud contact.  Better loco grip being steel on steel, and has a better appearance with a slight surface rusting effect after some time outside.  Keeps cleaner and even sounds better!  Paint will adhere better to steel than brass.  The only slight disadvantage is that it is slightly harder to cut (about the same as mild steel) and you can silver solder and soft solder, but you will need my special flux to soft solder.  A surface rusting fluid is now available as well.

Please note that 2 yard lengths will be more expensive for shipping.

Code 250 Bullhead Stainless Steel Rail

For those modellers who are looking for the best looking track

at an unbeatable price

There is no choice; once you see it, it has to be -

'STAINLESS STEEL'

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THE FINEST CODE 250 STAINLESS STEEL TRACK IN GAUGE 3

JUST BECAME THE LONGEST IN GAUGE 3!

NOW AVAILABLE IN 2 YARD LENGTHS FOR BEUTIFUL SWEEPING CURVES

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NEW

We now carry stock of Code 250 bullhead rail in brass.

1 yard or 2 yard lengths. Same size specification as the stainless.

Please note that 2 yard lengths will be more expensive for shipping.

Code 250 Bullhead Brass Rail
MACHINED BLADES

This is a set of machined blades for turnout construction, 320mm long (12½") they are suitable for any turnout up to 6000mm (19' 8").  They come with 2 x 20.25mm A.S.A. plastic fishplates. Some cleaning up and fitting is required.
Machined Rail Blades
READY MADE BUFFER STOP

Gauge 3 Ready Made Rail Built Buffer Stop with code 250 bullhead stainless steel or brass rail, hardwood buffer beam, 2 x 20.25mm ASA Fishplates & 4 x 13mm x 18 gauge brass plated steel escutcheon fixing pins are also included. These are fully assembled and use the best M1.6 mm A2 stainless steel bolts for longevity.

NEW Also available with a rail buffer beam.

Ready Made Buffer Stop
READY MADE TRACK

 

Single sleepers with wood grain effect to the top surface moulded in brown polypropylene or brown A.B.S. plastic. High U.V. light stabilizer in included in the plastic to give many years protection against sunlight. The 'Running Chair' is a standard Midland 4 bolt "S1" design chair with the 1 in 20 degree rail inclination included to give smoother running.  2 blind fixing guide holes are provided underneath spaced 10mm from each end or use the newly provided discrete fixing points which saves drilling holes in the sleeper.  A central Stud Contact blind hole is also provided.  Sleepers are 114.75mm long x 11.25mm wide x 6mm high. Maximum flange depth (without any wheel coning) is 2.55mm.  The finished track height is 14.75mm from the bottom of the sleeper to the top of the rail. Supplied with code 250 stainless steel rail.

NEW - Now available with brass rail (made to order)

NEW - Lower cost version suitable for indoor track or a display track, this new unit is moulded in black polypropylene but without any U.V. light protector.

NEW - The ultimate tough track - virtually unbreakable! Available in dark brown 'BAYBLEND' which is a high quality ABS and polycarbonate mixture with added UV protection. With brass rail or stainless steel rail (both made to order). This track is suitable for ride-on or where there is extreme sunlight conditions.

1 Yard Ready Made Track
READY MADE POINTS

Made to the highest standard in brown A.B.S. plastic parts which includes UV light protection. Made with code 250 stainless steel or brass rail. Complete with a lost wax cast nickel silver tiebar for 1/16" point rodding. We include fitting instructions and spare optional gauge widened ABS sleeper unit with the larger radius's. Track Fixing Pins and Point Lever may also be required.

The 1500mm (4' 11") radius points are ideal for shunting layouts. The 3000mm (9' 10") radius points are suitable to larger indoor layouts and small garden railways. The 4500mm (14' 9") radius are the most popular for large indoor layouts and the average garden layout, but if you have the space then use the 6000mm (19' 8").

The 14 degree Diamond Crossing is used with the 4500mm radius Point to cross over an adjacent track. The 10 degree is for a 6000mm.

All Brass and some Stainless Steel Points are 'Made to Order' (MTO) and take approximately 3 to 6 weeks. Please make a separate order if you have other items you need delivered straight away.

1500mm (4' 11") Radius Point
3000mm (9' 10") Radius Point
4500mm (14' 9") Radius Point
6000mm (19' 8") Radius Point
Diamond Crossing 14 Degree
Diamond Crossing 10 Degree
4500mm (14' 9") Double Slip
Double Curve Point
Equal 3 Way Point
Point Track Power (Extra)

4500mm Double Slip

3000mm 3 Way Point

Modelling Note:- approximate lengths from centre to centre of fishplates on the curved rail:- 1500mm radius is 22½" (573mm)

3000mm radius is 30½" (775mm)

4500mm radius is 36¼" (920mm)

6000mm radius is 43¼" (1100mm)

4500mm "Y" is 29¼" (742mm)

SLEEPER UNIT

A single sleeper with wood grain effect to the top surface, it has 2 pre-moulded chairs on the sleeper, together with 2 pre-moulded spacer bars.  28 are required to make a yard of track.  The 'Running Chair' is a standard Midland 4 bolt "S1" design which has been CAD designed by 'Len Newman' of 'Exactoscale'.  The 1 in 20 degree rail inclination is included in the chair design to give smoother running.  2 blind fixing guide holes are provided underneath spaced 10mm from each end.  A central Stud Contact blind hole is also provided.  Sleepers are 114.75mm long x 11.25mm wide x 6mm high.  The Spacer Bars are 20.75mm long.  Maximum flange depth (without any wheel coning) is 2.55mm.  The finished track height is 14.75mm from the bottom of the sleeper to the top of the rail.

The basic unit is finely detailed to give a great appearance in long life dark chocolate brown Polypropylene with a standard track gauge of 63.5mm, and includes ultra violet stabilization in the plastic.

Also available as a 'Gauge widened' version at 64.5mm track gauge, the 1mm extra makes these ideal for tight radiuses and will also make for freer running with long wheel based loco's.  Ultra violet stabilization is included in the plastic for many years of maintenance free running.  The ABS is solvent weldable for multi gauge track & for use with the Super Elevation Wedges.

NEW - All versions now updated with discrete fixing points which saves drilling holes in the sleeper.

NEW - Lower cost version suitable for indoor track or a display track, this new unit is moulded in black polypropylene but without any U.V. light protector.

Sleeper Units
TURNOUT SLEEPER

A single sleeper with wood grain effect to the top surface, with 3 pre-moulded spacer bars, 3 moulded in blind fixing guide holes are provided underneath.  Sleepers are 202.5mm long x 13.5mm wide x 6mm high.  13 pre-segmented sections which are 6.75mm apart for easy turnout manufacture.  The Spacer Bars are 18.5mm long.  Moulded in long life dark chocolate brown A.B.S. with ultra violet stabilization for many years of maintenance free running.  The ABS is solvent weldable for multi gauge track and in conjunction with the new A.B.S. chairs.

Long Turnout Sleeper
INDIVIDUAL CHAIRS

Take a close look at the individual chairs for turnouts which are now available.  Starting from the left the 'Running Chair' is a standard Midland 4 bolt "S1" design, the same as the Sleeper Unit.  The Check Chair is a standard B.R. "CC" (4 bolt) design, and has a flange way width of 3.5mm.  The Slide Chair is a standard B.R. "PJ" (4 bolt) design.  And a Bridge Chair to standard B.R. "L1" (4 bolt) design.  They are finely modeled to give a great appearance in brown UV stabilized A.B.S. plastic.  You can solvent weld to the Turnout Sleeper Unit or the double A.B.S. sleeper units for multi gauge track. If you weld in the separate pin (shown below) you have the option to press into pre-drilled 3.75 to 4 mm holes (depending on the hardness of the wood), so ideal for modellers who prefer wooden sleepers.  These pins have a rim diameter of 6.75mm, spigot diameter of 4mm, rim thickness of .6mm and an overall height of 4.75mm. All the chairs have been CAD designed by Len Newman of Exactoscale.  The 1 in 20 degree rail inclination is included in the chair design to give smoother running.

Top-hat pins are not included with each pack as most people do not use them, so please ensure you add to order if you require them.

Chairs
TURNOUT KITS

In 3000mm, 4500mm & 6000mm - Left Hand, Right Hand or "Y". Kit includes Sleeper units, Running, Slide, Check & Bridge Chairs, full building instructions.  Rail, tiebar, plan & weld glue required to complete, plus optional Machined Blades or Blade Unit of your choice.

Turnout Kits in ABS
FISHPLATES

Injection moulded Fishplates.  These are the deep skirted type with bolt head detail on both sides. 20.25mm long.

These are available in different materials depending on your application and preference:-

A.S.A. - 'Acrylate Styrene Acrylonitrile'.  Best general purpose material which is very UV light stable, stiff with some flexing and does not snap.  Moulded in charcoal black. My first choice for most applications.
Polypropylene - a well known material which would be useful for those wanting to retrospective fit after the track is in situ, as these can be sprung onto the rail. Moulded in U.V. stabilized dark chocolate brown.
A.B.S. - these are stiffer but could break.  Moulded in dark brown U.V. stabilized dark chocolate brown.
Glass filled Nylon - a very tough but could break.  Some loss of detail.  Moulded in charcoal black.
Fishplates
SUPER ELEVATION WEDGE
Initially made for Gauge 1 Standard track, but this can also be used in Gauge 3.

A small injection moulded wedge that makes the inclusion of super elevation on the curves both quick and easy.  This A.B.S. plastic item slides under the sleeper on curves to give the correct raising of the outside edge on curved track work. 80mm x 9.5mm, tapering from .4mm to 4mm.  Can be solvent welded to the gauge widened A.B.S. sleeper units. Packs of 100 (sufficient for approximately 10 yards of track).


Also available in Fire Retardant A.B.S. Plastic

Super Elevation Wedge
TRACK DISPLAY KIT

Display Track kit (with 4 x 18” stainless steel rail, black polypropylene sleeper units (no UV), 2 x fishplates, 900g cornish fine ballast, track pins & instructions).

To do the job you will also need a baseboard & PVA glue.

Track Display Kit
TRACK REPAIR KIT
  G3 Track repair kit in brown ABS plastic (10 sleepers and 20 running chairs). With instructions. Weld glue also required.
Track Repair Kit
LOST WAX FISHPLATES

These are ideal where electrical conductivity is required or on base board ends. They are supplied slightly opened for ease of assemble and you crimp up using parallel faced pliers to the required tightness. Suitable for code 250 bullhead rail.

Supplied in packs of 10 (5 only shown in picture)

Available in brass or nickel silver.

Modelling Note:- for track power, use nickel silver fishplates with copper paste.
Fishplates (code 250 rail) in Lost Wax
LOST WAX POINT LEVER

Point lever kit with 6 & 8mm throw. This is a copy of an early hand lever which had a heavy cast iron weight to give the throw. The lever is so arranged to indicate which way the turnout is set for the train.  There is an "Over centre radiused stopped end rebate" for throw control.  Parts in the kit include; 1 x lever arm, 1 x lever base, 1 x 4BA nyloc nut, 4" x 1/16" brass rodding wire, instructions. Some filing, fettling and drilling is required. Paint, grease and fixing screws are not included.

Available in Brass.

(Also suitable for Gauge 1)

Point Lever Kit
LOST WAX TIEBAR

This is a nice scale lost wax tiebar available in brass or nickel silver. Non-insulated supplied as standard for battery electric and live steam.

Also available as an insulated version for track powered layouts.

Tiebar in Lost Wax
POINT ROD ROLLER

These are really for Gauge 1 but are quite suitable for Gauge 3. Scale lost wax brass single point rod roller which has a barbed spigot for simple/quick fixing.  For 1/16" (1.6mm) diameter rodding.  The rod rollers should be spaced at 3” on the curve and 4” on the straight.

Pack of 1 or 10.

Rod Rollers in Lost Wax
POINT ROD CRANK KIT
These are really for Gauge 1 but are quite suitable for Gauge 3. In lost wax brass. Parts include a base incorporating a barbed spigot for simple & quick fixing. For 1/16" (1.6mm) diameter rodding. The cranks are 10mm from pivot hole centre to rodding hole centre. The crank arm is held in place by a simple washer & pin in the pre-formed 1mm hole. Single pack.
Point Rod Crank Kit
1/16
Point Rod Wire to fit Point Lever, Rod Roller, Crank and Tiebar in both Gauge 1 and Gauge 3. 1 Yard (915mm).
Point Rodding Brass Wire
POINT BLADE UNIT
Lost wax blade suitable for L.H. or R.H. 4500mm turnout. For 1/16" (1.6mm) diameter rodding.  Available in Brass or Nickel Silver. Single pack.
Point Blade in Lost Wax
TRACK PLAN
A 4500mm (14' 9") L.H. or R.H. CAD drawn track plan.
Turnout CAD Drawings (Not all Available Yet)
TRACK GAUGE

Track gauge in laser cut 3mm aluminium. With 63.5mm one side and 64.5mm gauge widened on the other, rail setting gauge one end and frog depth gauge the other.  Supplied with a reference card.

Aluminium Track Gauge
TRACK RULER

Track rule to make the laying of perfect straight track, in laser cut 3mm aluminium. 63.5mm wide x 915mm long (1 yard).

Aluminium Straight 1 Yard Ruler
TRACK RADIUS

Track radiuses to make the laying of perfect curved track, in laser cut 3mm aluminium. 63.5mm wide x 800mm long.

Available in:- 3000mm (9’ 10”), 3750mm (12’ 4”), 4500mm (14’ 9”), 5250mm (17’ 3”) & 6000mm (19’ 8”)

Aluminium Radius Curve
A.B.S. WELD

This is a special weld glue used to join A.B.S. plastic parts together.

Available in 2 forms:- G05 is a thin version which will flash straight away and is ideal to flash under 2 plastic surfaces such as the super elevation wedges. G04 is a slightly thickened version which tends to hold itself as a droplet, and when the another plastic is brought into contact, will flash across, so this version is ideal for Point making. G03 is the same thicker version, but in a 30ml bottle with a needle spout for more accurate application when doing Pointwork.

Contains:- Methyl Ethyl Ketone. 50 ml. contents will make at least 20 turnouts.

Flammable/Irritant. Must be used in a well ventilated area.

A cheep simple safety pot stand is also available to help prevent inadvertent spillage.

Weld Glue for ABS Plastic
TRACK FIXING PINS
Track Fixing Pins
Track fixing escutcheon pins for the newer Gauge 3 sleeper Unit having the discrete fixing points. These are 18 gauge x 13mm long in brass plated steel. Pack of 100 or 1000.

(Track fixing escutcheon pins are also available in the shorter G1 version should you need them - 19 gauge x 10mm long in brass plated steel. Pack of 100 or 1000)

Modellers note - a pack of 100 is sufficient for approximately 10 yards of track. I recommend you use the 13mm long ones.

Track Fixing Escutcheon Pins in Brass Plated Steel
STAINLESS STEEL FLUX & NEUTRALIZER
Stainless Steel Flux & Neutralizer (sufficient for over 25 turnouts) 5ml or 30ml.
Stainless Steel Flux & Neutralizer

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