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While surfing the web I found this neat little rail bender designed by Colin Binnie. The late Mr Binnie is one of the all-time greats in 16mm scale live steam and miniature engineering in general. This bender would be so easy to do.



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Bob,
A similar bender can be made using a cheap drill press vise and adding the "rollers" to it. Drill and tap holes for the three rollers in the jaws of the vise.

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As to you home-brewers, here's a little something to bend and unlock your imagination (pardon both puns). A pair of bolt cutters, $10 from Harbor Freight.

As you open the bolt cutter, the angle of the bend will change. Good idea to clamp both sides of the handle or put them in a vice so the cutters remain open at the same place.

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Hi Bob,



Glad you liked the rail bender in my old sketch drawing.
The designers name was labeled wrongly on the website where you found it.
It was based on a very similar one in a very, very early issue of Garden Railways magazine and has served me well for over 15 years.Very easy to make and use.
The few dimensions are in millimetres by the way.
I have a photo as well but don't know how to post them.
 

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Bob - what was the website where you found the reference to the rail bender design by Colin Binnie?

SE18 - how do you bend rail with a bolt cutter?


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Rog Bush
 

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Sorry can't help. For what its worth I'll second Shawns Garden Railways bender endorsement. I also build it and used it to bend the 31"circle of trackthe on my portable pizza layout.
 
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