Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Half a Sleeper

One of the comments on the previous post pointed out that the tool for adding the rail chair marks could also be useful to modellers of narrow gauge lines in 7mm scale as often these lines used standard gauge sleepers cut in half. Strangely I'd actually modelled this already when testing the tool but forgot to include the photo in the original post so for completeness... here is a newly creosoted, half sleeper, ready for use in laying some new narrow gauge track.


  1. I think it would work better it heated up and burnt into the sleeper, as otherwise the holes seem more like eye slots, as the tool presses between the grain, rather than punching a round hole... would that work?

    1. I don't see why not. I'm sure I've seen the printed brass used as an attachment for a lighter to burn symbols into wood. You could probably also sharpen the ends of the pins slightly to make them start a hole rather than force their way in -- I can't do that in the model as the sharp point wouldn't print.