I have a bunch and they are very hard to install.  The track must be very tightly together.  If the ties are a little out of place even harder.  Good for temporary floor / Xmas layouts theoretically.  So much pain to use I gave up them.

Still available/sold today....at least for O/O27.   I also have a couple handfuls from Dad's standard gauge setup.  I remember him using them in setting up the track oval for his 366W set (also have it) around the ol' balsam Christmas tree.  As the pin-tube connections between each piece of track loosened with set up/tear down, they became more relevant.  They also help electrically connecting the common ground (outer rails) circuit throughout the track loop, but looseness in the center rail connections really required periodic, gentle  tightening of the tubes with pliers.  I believe the clips even helped keep the loop together as we kids would help find a burned out bulb in the several strings of 8-light Mazda series-wired tree lights! 

KD

Usually always use these on any tubular sections of track. As @ogaugenut stated, unfortunately they can be rather difficult to install. The tie from the end of one section of track has to be very close to he tie from the next section of track. They are, however, effective when you can get them to slide on(the O-31more thanO-27 in my opinion).

Also, just a heads, if you buy used tubular that someone has previously ballasted or are using tubular that has had ballast placed around it, the ballast will make it much harder to slide these on if it has adhered to the track ties' grooves. That problem applies more so for the O-31tubular clips than the 0-27 tubular clips which clip from the outside of both sides of the ties.

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