Cutting Track

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Rath150, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. Rath150

    Rath150 Member


    What methods are used to cut rail? Particularly with flex track. Also shortening a complete section.
    I have tried wire cutter on old track. Not Good!
  2. caellis

    caellis Member

    Get a Zuron rail nipper. Works great and designed expressly for this task.
  3. Rath150

    Rath150 Member


    There is nothing like experience.
    that is why a forum like this is GREAT for "OLD" newbies!

  4. norfolkwestern

    norfolkwestern New Member

    Frequent Derailment

    I'm relatively new to n scale. I've started with EZ-Track because I want to be able to put my trains away from time to time. I've had problems with derailment at the turnouts. The wheels of my rolling stock instead of following the direction of the deflecting blade of the turnout appear to go "outside" the blade, as if it were going straight instead of turning. This thus causes the derailment. How might I remedy this problem? Are my trucks out of gauge? Should I file down the defecting blade? Would adding weight to the rolling stock help, and if so how? I would appreciate some advise.
  5. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    I use a Dremel with a cutoff disc. If one rail is just a mite long, touch the end and it grinds perfectly.

  6. norfolkwestern

    norfolkwestern New Member

    How do I know that the rail being too long is the problem?

  7. JR&Son

    JR&Son Member

    Norfolkwestern, you hijacked the thread....
    Not a real problem except the answer to your question was actually for Rath150.
    Start a new thread and you will get a quicker answer.

  8. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    I'm a bit mixed on who's what on this. I use a Dremel to cut rails and make sure I never get it too short. Then, if both rails don't match perfectly in length, then it is easy to grind the long one to length.


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