Meh. In “Rail failures for the trackman: with notes on rail specifications, Rail Manufacture and Rail Specifications published 1916” .. on page 113 it clearly states “The present standard length of rail is 33 feet..”
That’s more then “good nuff” for me. 33 foot it will be.
|33 foot in O scale is 8¼ inches. I have around 42 inches of larry track to construct. Since my available rail is some I stripped from lengths of Atlas Code 100 flex track – I am limited to 36 inches. That means that I have to add that additional 6 inches at some point. A soldered rail joiner of course – the question is how to hide that joint. Simply hanging it in the open makes no sense .. having the joint directly over the cross-rail makes much more sense. I’m thinking that .. it might be possible to notch the cross-rail at that point so the added thickness of the rail joiner will be hidden by that notch.|
Ok. If you divide 8¼” by 1/2″ it comes out to 6.875 ~
Drop back a bit so the joint is over the last cross-rail at 6″ – or 24ft full size – or a multiple there-of .. of course. Hey .. that should work out pretty well – need 6″ and that is exactly the longest length I can use (imagineering from 33ft rail length). The 36in length of rail I stripped from the flex-track of course I don’t have to worry about any joints (for real). Patrick Welch also gave me some joint-bars .. so that will be covered.
|Well .. darn. I was happily working on a jig to implement what I’ve been yammering about .. and realized that I had the gauge set at 1-3/8″. Uhhhh .. no. That would be 66″ – or 5-1/2 ft. Shoot. What I was MEANING to do was make it 1-3/4 in. Darn darn darn.|