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Have looked through as many past threads on this subject as I could find.

Seems easy for 027 Track - I have already done it.

But for O Gauge tubular - not easy to find something affordable and suitable.

1.  3R Plastics ties - only available in 027 and also rubber or plastic - I would prefer wood

2.  1/4 x 3/4 in. x 96 in. Solid Pine Screen Molding (which can be cut narrower on a table saw) is NOT 1/4".  That and lattice molding are actually 3/16 which is not thick enough.

3.  Kappler Scale Lumber makes O Gauge ties, but those are even thinner

4.  Northeast Scale Lumber sells bags of ties WITH NO THICKNESS specified.  I wrote to them and asked, but they never responded.

5.  Midwest Lumber 1/4 x 1/2 x 24 Basswood Strips # 4069.  This LOOKS like it is 1/4" in the photos, but is out of stock everywhere and those who claim to have it don't respond to email inquiries.

Any suggestions?

John

      

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I have several bags of Moondog rubber ties that are new old stock (Moondog went out of business in early 2000's).  As I understand it, these are a little thicker than the Lionel metal ties so they help deaden the noise and vibration some.  As you can imagine, these are difficult to find after all these years.

If you have an interest it purchasing these, please contact me using the email listed in my profile.

Good luck in your search,

Don

@Jay Francis posted:

On EBAY search rubber track ties by 3r plastics. A bag of 25 is $5.00.

Brown railroad ties for Lionel O27 track by Three R Plastics

$14 + $11.10 shipping. Listed as "New" then when you read further it says that 85 are actually "used".

There are no other listings.  3-R does not make O Gauge ties anymore and barely produces 027 except occasionally.

John

20 years ago at a train show I saw a bag of homemade brown wooden ties that work nicely with O Gauge tubular track. I paid very little, if anything, for them. They might have been a throw in that I got for free because I bought a locomotive or train car.

How thick were they Arnold?

When I measure the space under my O Gauge tubular track, it is actually 5/16.  Maybe I should measure what they call 3/8 thick molding.  Maybe that is closer in actual measurement to what fits.

John

@Craftech posted:

Have looked through as many past threads on this subject as I could find.

Seems easy for 027 Track - I have already done it.

But for O Gauge tubular - not easy to find something affordable and suitable.

1.  3R Plastics ties - only available in 027 and also rubber or plastic - I would prefer wood

2.  1/4 x 3/4 in. x 96 in. Solid Pine Screen Molding (which can be cut narrower on a table saw) is NOT 1/4".  That and lattice molding are actually 3/16 which is not thick enough.

3.  Kappler Scale Lumber makes O Gauge ties, but those are even thinner

4.  Northeast Scale Lumber sells bags of ties WITH NO THICKNESS specified.  I wrote to them and asked, but they never responded.

5.  Midwest Lumber 1/4 x 1/2 x 24 Basswood Strips # 4069.  This LOOKS like it is 1/4" in the photos, but is out of stock everywhere and those who claim to have it don't respond to email inquiries.

Any suggestions?

John

    

Howdy Craftech, try Mt. Albert Scale Lumber. The 12x12x16" or 24" long lumber is square .250". Here's the link to the website. Note: 12"x12" at O scale is .250"x.250".

https://www.handlaidtrack.com/stb-o-12x12-16

These guys have all kinds of scale lumber. I hope it's what you're looking for.

Scott

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I haven't tried it,  but I have always been intrigued by the suggestion to cut foam weather stripping like you would use around a door, and but it under the ties for noise deadening.   It might look good between the metal ties as well,  but I don't know if sparking would present a fire problem.

@jhz563 posted:

I haven't tried it,  but I have always been intrigued by the suggestion to cut foam weather stripping like you would use around a door, and but it under the ties for noise deadening.   It might look good between the metal ties as well,  but I don't know if sparking would present a fire problem.

Do you mean Foam? or rubber?

John

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