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What do you want to see in 2017 for T gauge??

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I'm not one for New Year resolutions....I'd never stand a chance of keeping them. But I am up for wishing things for others to do. So, what things in T gauge would you want producers...and I say producers (See below)....to make available for the gauge during 2017??


I'll start the ball rolling with my "desires".

Firstly, I'd like to see another producer of T gauge power units/locos, rolling stock, both complete units and sub-assemblies, etc for custom rolling stock builders. Also track....with much improved points.

Failing additional producers, I'd like to see Eishindo produce some far better points....points that have a much reduced or eliminated dead-spot....and don't have the ridiculous "s" curve exit on them!

And my third wish.......for one of the major track manufacturing jig makers to add a range of tools for T gauge.

Finally....I'm going to be greedy.....three axle replacement bogies for the existing power units, so we can make the modern co-co locos!
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More than >>1<< retail vendor on the entire planet with a complete line of T gauge products and maybe a vendor in north America would be nice..... :(

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From me, first up would be to second your request for decent points that work at slow speeds, and of a geometry that can be used. I have an idea for creating a working point, but it is such an alternative idea I shall not even try and explain it unless I can get one working first!

Secondly, if the points can be made to work, then better couplers similar to what Alan was working on. Then loco hauled trains operating terminus stations, goods yards/industrial sidings etc would become a possibility. This would add more interest than my current layout which has been designed without a single point - as have many other current layouts.
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I seem to be in agreement with the above - 3 axle power bogies, better points and a wider choice of manufacturer. And to be greedy, 'transfers' of the logos of all the TOCs past and present in Britain.
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Unfortunately, the one big problem with operator liveries and logos is the thorny issue of copyright....which is why I'm planning to release generic artwork for transfers for the printed DMU shells I have in the pipeline. There'll be no licencing requirements and customers will get exactly the livery they require.
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I'm with Matt....just 1 vendor in NA. With some decent us prototypes.

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I echo the sentiments for new points...although looking at the talking t gauge facebook group Alan Ramsey has posted some photos which look very intriguing indeed!

I'd just like to see more support and developments from eishindo so that the scale doesn't die out completely! There have been very few new releases in the last year or so which does seem slightly worrying!

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I want an USRA light or heavy 2-8-2 Mikado.

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News just in from Alan at TGauge.com......

The new points from Eishindo are "...on their way soon...." - direct quote from Alan's email. ;)

And here's a photo:
120mm Left Point - Copy.jpg
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If what I see is right....it looks as if there might be only a 2mm "deadspot"! :D :D :D :D :D Looking closely at the original of the photo Alan sent me, it looks as if the central plastic section has been replaced with a metal insert that picks up power by partly "flange running" and partly normal running on an extension to the blade.

I'll definitely keep my ear to the ground....or should it be on the rail......for further news on this one!
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Wow Doug

Hope they come out soon.

They look great.

:D

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Excellent news. And not before time :) Now looks like designing a layout that actually has pointwork will be worth doing.

The diverging route does look to have been left a bit too long for a crossover between a double track main line - but hopefully it will be an easy mod to cut this down to be able to get somewhere close to the correct track spacing.
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It would be very nice...points that actually worK? Perhaps they've been learning from Rokuhan!!
Oh dear me, sorry, I shouldn't be sarcastic. I still think I wouldn't trust the electricals and would probably burrow through to solder a connection.

It would also be great if Alan Ramsay (or anyone) could come up with a good track gauge. I'm making a couple with the loco wheel sets he sells.

I hope to be re-starting in the spring. At present doing some electronics on a diorama I'm putting together.

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Although, it has to be said that if Eishindo can come up with points that actually work potential modellers who consider t-gauge may be less
disappointed when they take the plunge. Perhaps they'll be encouraged to increase the variety in time.

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Doug, any follow up news on the availability of the new points which may actually work ...... I simplified my layout and only have pne point but it still remains difficult to actually work ....... always hopeful new ones will be available soon .....

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