EM check rail gauge

Members Forum Track Scratch building track EM check rail gauge

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    • #246897
      Trade Officer
      Keymaster

        I have finally got a couple of quotes to manufacture the EM check rail gauge. Unfortunately, they will cost in excess of £12-£14 each with a minimum order of 100 items!

        I have a large number of the DCC concept gauges. (£3-£4 each)

        Below is a comparison between the 2

        check rail gauge comparison

        My question is – does the dcc concepts gauge work as a check rail gauge given the lack of a flange at one end.

        I have asked a couple of track builders at expos and they have advised me that they will work. Before I put these in the store as check rail gauge I need a few more opinions from those of you out there who are more familiar with using these gauges than I am

         

        John

      • #246910
        Stuart Firth
        Participant

          Hi John I can’t answer your question – I don’t actually know which is which in your picture, but a plea if I may that it be made from brass rather than steel. I bought a couple of 00 gauges for building my American layout and given the proximity to flux they rust like anything!

        • #246913
          Trade Officer
          Keymaster

            Sorry, meant to put that in.

            The top one is the original steel one with the bottom being the DCC concepts brass one

            John

          • #246926
            Bob Allison
            Participant

              John,

              I have built about 50 turnouts using a modified Exactoscale gauge that has only one flange at each end.  One simply pushes the check rail gently against the flange at one end while holding the gauge fairly firmly against the opposite rail.  Sounds awful but in practice it is ever so easy.  And it avoids the problem reported elsewhere of the grooves forcing the rail into a vertical position, with consequent gauge narrowing when the gauge is removed and the rail adopts its 1:20 slope.

              Bob

            • #246953
              Norwesterner
              Participant

                John,

                I think the key thing is having a flat on the outside (LH) ring of the check rail gauge.  This allows the gauge to be used over the point crossing nose.  I cannot see that on the DCC Concepts one from your photo, but I seem to remember when I looked at one at expo that they do have that.

                Paul

              • #247261
                Stephen Freeman
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                  I use the ones already sold as shown. I can’t see a flat on the DCC Concepts one, but it wouldn’t be difficult to modify. I cannot see an EM Gauge one on their site and looks like the P4 one is going to be discontinued as the advert is for stock clearance.

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