Peco bullhead points

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  1. Ben Alder

    Ben Alder Full Member

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    I got my hands on the new bullhead points today, and am very impressed with them. Despite being made to the Peco geometry and not really representative of actual UK PW, they are are vast step forward in 00 trackwork, and hopefully will herald the start of a full range of 00 PW rather than the HO track that was for most the only option for far too long. Here are a couple of snatched phone pics taken tonight that should show the impact of this release.
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    The new point.

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    The BH point below a Code 75 medium radius HO/OO one.

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    A bit of C&L track laid alongside the point. I used this track with altered Code 75 points up to now but from now on it will be the Peco points, hopefully with an expanded range to come.

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    Lastly, a borrowed image showing the underside. They have the stock rails bonded, giving reliable electrical continuity with a dead frog , which can be made live with an accessory switch or a frog juicer. An interesting feature of this point is that both roads are wired live and not switched by the blades as previously; OK for DCC but DC users might need to consider isolating switches in some circumstances. I am planning to incorporate a couple of these into my existing layout and will report back in a week or two when this is done.
     
  2. Gary

    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    The new BH point does look good and equally as good, is the sleeper spacing. :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
  3. Sol

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    I have been reading about these on RMweb - in fact a lot of discussion. (some quite heated)
    Nice to see photos of them
     
  4. Ben Alder

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    Yes, any "discussion" about track over there soon descends into the usual mix of trench warfare and bl***y hand to hand stuff. A pity as sometimes useful nuggets emerge but the usual suspects can't seem to keep quiet, going over the same topics again and again. I keep my own counsel over there, and restrict my utterances to my own output. You'll notice I didn't describe this pointwork as being an accurate model of a 4' 1 1/2"gauge railway ;)

    Edit - had to wash my mouth out with soap - apparently it was decided that hand to hand conflict is "blooming" certainly a far less messy affair, battering each other over the head with flowers......
     
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    Ben Alder wrote:
    Reading Martin Wynne posts too much ? :lol:
     
  6. Ben Alder

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    I laid a couple of these points as a trial recently, and must say I am very impressed with them. I left them as Unifrogs and have had no problems at all with slow running over them. Here are a couple of shots of them; firstly of the existing 3 way point that was lifted and replaced with two of the new ones.

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    I have gone into a bit of detail on my layout thread - here - http://p1mrc.com/p1mrc/view_topic.php?id=1732&forum_id=5&jump_to=42845#p42845
     
  7. paul_l

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    A great improvement over the standard points, and look good in place as well.

    Paul
     
  8. hartleymartin

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    I like how they have a continuous switch rail rather than a hinged one. I suspect that this may be more difficult with a flat-bottom rail section. I have six of them and am looking at putting together a shunting layout with them.
     
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    Tillig turnouts are flat bottom rail and the blades are continuous and no problems with manual operation or slow action motors.
     
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