- 6 Dec 2011
Having set myself a mammoth task of relaying all my trackwork I've started to tackle an intermittent problem with points. After about 12 months use I found some of my points were developing deadspots, usually the moving switchblade. I had been using a temporary fix by clamping short lengths of wire to existing good feed points, but the problem has spread further to the fixed rail between the moving blade and the frog. This second fault has until now been restricted to Piko and Aristo makes. Close examination reveals significant corrosion on the fixing points of the jumper wires. I've now spent a whole day soldering permanent connections to overcome the problem. Have others had the same experience with those brands in particular? I now have a another question. I am considering incorporating a couple of loco yards/sheds fed from my outer circuit. To maintain the extra large radius I propose to use some LGB R5 points as the initial take off from the main line. What connectivity problems might arise from these points? How will short wheelbase locos (such as Stainz) behave.