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FROM JULY 2013

THE FIRST NEW "88-SAFE SELF-GUARDING FROGS" ARE NOW GOING THROUGH OUR MANUFACTURING PROCESS AND SHOULD BE ARRIVING IN LATE JANUARY


These are the type of slow-speed, "low maintenance" frogs that have now become almost standard in modern railroad freight yards throughout the USA.

 



 

This is the top view of our pre-production frogs test crossover that you see operating in the movie.

 



 

As you can see, the new model frogs match the prototype very closely

Initially we will be producing just the #6 size frogs, and in all our usual rail heights (code 55, 70 and 83).

We have been running short of having enough design time, almost the entire year, due to heavy sales and packing activity. So we now only expect to be able to put the latest new products into final production around the year end. We will provide ordering data then, when we have stock in hand. Any thing that is already shown on the WEB site is available for ordering and in stock.

 


AS PART OF OUR UPCOMING MOVE INTO ULTRA HIGH QUALITY MODEL MECHANISMS AND DRIVE TRAINS, WE ARE NOW STOCKING SOME EXCEPTIONAL MINIATURE PRECISION BALL BEARINGS

 


 

A USEFUL RANGE OF THE VERY SMALLEST AND ECONOMIC BEARINGS AVAILABLE FOR USE IN VARIOUS MODEL RAILROAD APPLICATIONS - GEARBOXES, CAR AXLES, MOTOR AND DRIVE SHAFTS, LINEAR MOTIONS, ETC.


Plain Radial Ball Bearing - - - Flanged Radial Ball Bearing

We have Chrome Steel Precision Miniature Ball Bearings in two styles as above
These are currently available in the following sizes:.

Internal dia (ID) x outside diameter (OD) x width (W) + optional flange [FD],[FW]

1 mm x 3 mm x 1 mm plain
1.5 mm x 4 mm x 1.2 mm plain
1.5 mm x 4 mm x 2mm flanged [5mm],[0.6mm]
2mm x 5 mm x 2.3 mm plain
2mm x 5 mm x 2.3 mm flanged [6mm],[0.6mm]
3/32" x 3/16" x 3/32" flanged [15/64],[1/32]

** NEW ADDITION - 1/8" ID Flanged bearings coming in December! **

Sizes are listed for ordering as per the internal hole diameter (ID). Economically priced individually, with a premium for Flanged versions of the same size.

See the link for pricing and ordering info

AND NOW FOR YOUR LAYOUT'S "RAILROAD AVENUE" . . .



Our new "INDUSTRY AVENUE", IN-STREET, COMPLETELY PREFORMED, PAVED TURNOUTS" have arrived and are now shipping !



More pictures coming as soon as we can take them!!!

Three sizes #4, #5 and #6. Complete with ALL Pre-curved rail, Pre-formed Points and Cast Style Paved Frogs. Just glue them down and couple up your throw bar!

I'll leave up the nice pictures to share of a new customer's up and coming "Electric Avenue" trolley module project for a little longer. Eventually we will have some "Gallery" pages to show off all our ACCU-TRAK list members work.







Here are two videos I recently shot of our contemporary "local" Amtrak "Starlight" service (one per day each way), passing through Grover Beach Station. The Proto:87 Stores workshop is just out of sight, two hundred yards away from the tracks, just South of the Station.



Northbound



And Southbound





And here is our future "demo" model version of the "Starlight" posing partly finished on the layout.

The Video of the latest UK trolley Exhibition



We have now been ESTABLISHED FOR FIFTEEN YEARS steadily growing our ranges of uniquely "Accurate Track" for Model Railroads, and we are still adding more and more exciting and realistic new product lines!!!

THE FULL RANGE OF ALL SIX NUMBER SIZES (#5 THRU #10) of our new super detailed and super precision manganese frogs. are now available in ALL THREE RAIL SIZES (Code 55, 70 and 83), AND IN BOTH NMRA HO AND PROTO:87 VERSIONS.



Note, The past and present versions of our "Ultimate" and "88-SAFE" UNIVERSAL HO FROGS (Good for both Code 110 AND code 88 Wheels) are all based on CORRECT EXACT AND ABSOLUTELY PRECISION, PROTOTYPE DIMENSIONS.

This means that, as you can see in the brief video clip, all the types of frogs are completely inter-changeable and you may upgrade or swap to different frog types at any time.

All these frogs are now available as options in all our Turnout Kits, whether Plastic or Wood tie based.



And now we have a new tool set to make Hi-Tech, neat, precision, "flow soldering" assembly of our frogs as "Fast and Easy" as we can possibly make it. See the LH link for a direct link to more info.


We are getting very good feedback for our new "Rail Brace" spikes, for code 70/83 or code 55,



These precision stainless steel braces both look the part prototypically and also perform the same function of strengthening the working area of the stock rails for ANY hand-laid or RTR turnout they are added to.



AND OF COURSE WE ARE JUST ABOUT MANAGING TO KEEP UP WITH THE DEMAND FOR THE NEW MOLE V1.1 DOUBLE ACTION, SWITCH MACHINE KIT


(Layout installation picture - Courtesy of Dr. Robert Sterner)

Here the "MOLE" is shown mounted traditionally for those who still prefer to crawl under their baseboards, ;)

The mole can be mounted and used in the same way and place as larger motors, but of course, takes up far less space and depth.

The Mole operates from switched +/- 12 v DC at nominal 30 mA stall current, using the 2 x 200 Ohm resistors (included). That means it can be operated from exactly the same (or existing) 12v supply and DPDT switches as traditional larger stall motors.




(Steam Era Real Double slip with moving points)

FINALLY I AM HOPING TO FIND ENOUGH TIME TO FINISH THE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS, SO THAT WE CAN RELEASE THE NEW #8 "SWITCH-WORKS" DOUBLE SLIP OPTION AND CROSSING AND SLIP KITS LATER THIS MONTH.


(The #8 SLIPS/CROSSING "SWITCH-WORKS" option and full tieplate set)


PRE-PRODUCTION UNITS OF TWO OTHER NEW PRODUCT "SECRET PROJECTS" SHOULD BE ARRIVING FOR TESTING IN LATE FEBRUARY AS WELL.

If those check out correctly, then I'll have two more new product lines to announce in March.

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