@West Side Joe posted:
Got the pliers, they seem to work OK, but they don't put that sharp little pinpoint crimp in the side of the rail head that the track has from the factory, which would prevent the pin from ever pulling out. The pliers' effectiveness seems to depend on the muscle I apply to it, and sorry to say, I'm not amply endowed in that department.
The stock ties got a bit loose after all the sawing. Is there any way to re-crimp them to the foot of the rail?
Crimp the web tight, just under the pin, with a pair of "cutting Pliers".
Don't saw to cut the track (without a jig that will always loosen ties and may then cause a short at the center insulator). Use a Dremel type tool to cut track.
Since you have already loosened the ties, put a small block of wood in the indented part of the tie for support, thereby avoiding distorting the tie, and push the tabs down with a screwdriver. Test the repaired track for shorts before using.