Code 332 to code 200 connector

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I suspect this is hugely niche, but I decided to knock up a quick and dirty connector to connect the two rail types since I have a bunch of both and thought it might be usful to be able to connect them.

Code 332 to Code 200 rail joiner

It looks a bit ugly and needs testing to ensure it doesn't upset any flanges but it does the job.
It provides a packer under the Code 200 side. If I ever use it, the intention would be to gradually bring the 200 track height down to baseboard level
 

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Now that looks really useful, in fact just what I could do with@
 

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I'm glad you may have a use for it Paul. I almost didnt mention it as I didn't hink anybody else would want or need it!


I'll try it out as soon as I get a chance, to see the clearances are okay for flanges
 

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Nice idea as the need to connect disparate height rail is a oft repeated subject on this forum. You might want to think about a brass strip laid into it to be placed either at the foot of the rail or on the outside face of either rail below the rail head. The Tenmille/LGB code 332 adapter uses a brass strip with an etched hole at each end to locate to 2 shallow pips molded in the plastic adapter to locate it and ensure continuous electrical connection. You could incorporate that into your connector. Or do you have a solution that have I missed ? Max
 
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Nice idea as the need to connect disparate height rail is a oft repeated subject on this forum. You might want to think about a brass strip laid into it to be placed either at the foot of the rail or on the outside face of either rail below the rail head. The Tenmille/LGB code 332 adapter uses a brass strip with an etched hole at each end to locate to 2 shallow pips molded in the plastic adapter to locate it and ensure continuous electrical connection. You could incorporate that into your connector. Or do you have a solution that have I missed ? Max
Ooo. Thats an excellent point Max. I don't have a need for electrical continuity so hadn't provisioned any. I'll remix it so there's an insulating and a conducting version!
 

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I've got plenty of LGB track, but I was given the chance of some Peco Gauge 1 cheap, if I could join the 2 properly, I wouldn't have to buy any track for years!
 
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Ooo. Thats an excellent point Max. I don't have a need for electrical continuity so hadn't provisioned any. I'll remix it so there's an insulating and a conducting version!

Now, that is probably the best idea for 3D printing I have ever seen. The fact that it is insulating is a good idea too, if you want continuity, then use jumper wires. Top marks.
 
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I suspect this is hugely niche, but I decided to knock up a quick and dirty connector to connect the two rail types since I have a bunch of both and thought it might be usful to be able to connect them.

Code 332 to Code 200 rail joiner

It looks a bit ugly and needs testing to ensure it doesn't upset any flanges but it does the job.
It provides a packer under the Code 200 side. If I ever use it, the intention would be to gradually bring the 200 track height down to baseboard level
Brilliant piece of design, you should have them in the shops for Xmas.
 
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Thanks Gavin. I thought afterwards, an easy solution to the conductivity issue would be to have them isolating by default and to solder jumpers between the tracks if continuity was needed :)

I think I'd better revisit the design and tidy it up a bit as folks seem to like them!
 

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Would you be producing any to sell? If so what sort of cost would be involved? Coping with a paper copier is likely to end in tears, a 3D printer doesn't bear thinking about
 
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Would you be producing any to sell? If so what sort of cost would be involved? Coping with a paper copier is likely to end in tears, a 3D printer doesn't bear thinking about
PMd you Paul
 

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Next one to do would be 332 to 250 as in LGB to Peco G Track. That is if you want to go that way.
 
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Next one to do would be 332 to 250 as in LGB to Peco G Track. That is if you want to go that way.
Can do.
I hadnt bothered as there were the Peco ones that did this already, but if it's useful, I've probably got some code 250, so it'd be easy to make a code 300/250 as well as a 200/250
 

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Today I received a very special parcel! Within it were some samples of DGE's rail connectors. After a quick trial run in the kitchen, I'm more than pleased to announce they work great. The flanges of an elderly LGB wagon have no problems passing over the joints, as these are probably the deepest I'll ever use it all looks good. This weekend I'll try to get a set up in the garden and run some proper trials.
Many thanks to Mr Railroad! Now all I need to do is negotiate some land grab
 
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