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My Accucraft 4-4-0 has some problems with LGB R3 switches ( I know, I should run this engine on 100+ foot radius, but this loco will be the passenger hauling equipment on the level parts of my logging line). The guard rail of the switch rises barely to rail height and the "catch" angle is pretty steep. As a result the front truck tends to climb the guard rail and some railroad Esperanto follows. Has anyone solved this problem with as little pain as possible? Of course I can remove the guard rail and replace it with some angle or strip. But I would prefer a solution where I don't have to take all the switches out. Gluing a higher strip behind the guard rail does not seem an option either, as the plastic does not adhere to any glue and this solution might also cause problems with the flanges. Any ideas?
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Henner ,
This is not really a surprise, LGB wheel and track standards are alot different to Gauge 1 Association , whcih is what Accucraft appear to follow..the main problem is the check gauge of the LGB turnouts is different to the check gauge of the wheels.. I would think you would have to rwork the check rails, by machining them off, [bolt the turnout to the mill table..and replace with check rails in brass, bolted via sole plates through the ties.
ive done this for a mate with the same problem.

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Yes, this is a common problem on LGB switches - I am able to route my live steamers through the straight leg of the switch and avoid the problem!
It is a question of both the gauge being wider than 45mm through the curved part of the switch and the sharp lead in angle to the check rail, I would go with changing the check rail inthe long term but also have a look at this page, usefull tip on correcting the gauge and other bits.

http://www.girr.org/girr/tips/tips1/lgb_1600.html

Hope that helps, Allan.
 

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Gordon, Allan,
thanks for the replies. Now I have to select between a "solid" solution and a painless one..
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I've been running into this problem more lately running my Accucraft stuff. I kind of understand the fix to add to or replace the guard rail, but unfortunately looks like the site mentioned here is no longer up. Does any one have any pictures or a feel to how much longer the guard rails should be?
 
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