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@CA John posted:

Hi Nick,

Here’s a couple of photos of some tooling I made with stuff I scrounged in the garage.  I need to add some foam to the test track and find some thinner foam for the cradle.

Hope this helps.

John

Nice, I like it. Although not completed yet, I use a three-foot section (and maybe a second one if needed) of Atlas concrete-tie three-rail track with a KD coupler height gauge on one end. I use the Atlas track as all of the rails are insulated from one another and I am a two-railer. With that set-up i can also test any three-rail that I may get. I am thinking of replacing the Atlas with a forty inch Fastrack section as it is easy to two-rail and the Atlas (pricey but good-looking) can then be used on the layout.

My cradle is a U-shaped channel made of 1x3 strips about twenty-four inches long lined with some bubble wrap topped with thin foam and then a piece of soft cloth.

What did you use for your cradle's mount?

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I can't post pictures of my test track since I am out of town, but it is very similar to NJC Joe's here:  (Photo is from NJCJoe's post)

The section on the left slides to accommodate engine and tender sizes.  The left and middle sections should be powered.   O gauge Rollers are available from Micromark and Polk's Hobby.

Bob

@RRDOC posted:

I can't post pictures of my test track since I am out of town, but it is very similar to NJC Joe's here:  (Photo is from NJCJoe's post)

The section on the left slides to accommodate engine and tender sizes.  The left and middle sections should be powered.   O gauge Rollers are available from Micromark and Polk's Hobby.

Bob

Are you sure about Polk's hobby ? I did a search and it seems they're out of business.

I bought a foam cradle through Amazon, $14. Best thing I ever did, because if I work and there are small screws, if I drop one, it goes into the cradle, as opposed to bouncing to the floor, never to be seen again. I recently started routine maintenance on my fleet, since I retired last year. In the past, I would have worked on the table. Also, the cradle holds the items nicely. Mark

Hi PRRMP54,

The cradle supports are from a couple of outdoor lights.  They're solid brass.  I had a contractor doing some landscaping about 5 years ago when I was still working and he asked me if I wanted some additional lights.  I said yes.  I won't repeat what I said when he gave me the invoice for the lights.    I fished the bases out of the trash.  Good thing, because they came in handy when I wanted to build a cradle. 

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John

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