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Sleepers/Crossing Timbers/Copperclad Strips

EM & P4 Sleepers

For scale length OO Sleepers, go to Category: '4m Components \ OO Related only \ Sleepers/Trackbase'

9 ft sleepers were used prior to 1914. After this, their length was reduced to 8 ft 6 ins, although much existing track would have lasted for some years - especially in sidings.

Thin sleepers and timbering will match our Flexitrack and the ply sleepering of the Timbertracks range. Thin sleepering is used to save on the amount of ballast needed to bring the level up to the top of the sleepers. On larger layouts this can be a considerable saving in ballast and therefore in weight

Thick sleepers and timbering equate to a scale 5" depth.

"DOW-MAC" sleepers combined with GWR 2 bolt chairs produce the bullhead rail and concrete sleeper combination introduced in the mid 1940s.

Turnout Timbers

A pack contains sufficient timbers to make a turnout. If timbers that are longer than those provided are needed, it is usual practice to cut two to the appropriate length ensuring that the joint is under one of the chairs of the common crossing. 

Copperclad Strip

4ZC101A copper clad strips provide for the same rail height as the chair base, and can be used glued down to a sleeper to provide a soldering point - some say this is essential at crossing vees and 'K' crossings.

1.06mm copperclad is the same height as thin timbering - ideal if you are producing soldered turnouts, fiddle yards, etc.

The 1.6mm thick copper clad strips are equivalent to thin sleepering + chair base and so can be used alongside other C+L products. For example, you could use C+L Flexitrack for the running rails, but use copper clad strips to build your turnouts. You can then use running rail chairs cosmetically and once you have painted and weathered the turnout, it should blend in.

4mm wide strips equate to a scale 12 inches and are used for building turnouts. 3.3 mm wide stripes are a scale 10" wide, i.e. sleeper width.

Please note: for the thicker material, we give the thickness as being 1.6mm. Due to manufacturing variations, some recent supplies have been 1.55mm and even 1.5mm thick. The difference is nominal and will cause no problems.

'Exactoply' Sleepers & Timbers

The 'Exactoply' sleepers and turnout timbers shown below (listed last) have been sawn cut rather than laser cut. Therefore some have slightly rougher edges, unlike the extremely straight and clean cut of laser cut products. The lazer cut version are currently being made but in the meantime I have listed the sawn cut in case anyone wants them, but at a much lower price. The sawn cut would be suitable for trackwork that needed to be less than perfect such as industrial lines, or alternatively a quick rub over with some fine sandpaper and they would look like the laser version! 

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