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Penybontshed
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Fishplates
on: January 21, 2013, 12:29

Hi all

three questions really

can series 3 fishplates be used on series 4?

how can you clean them up?

where can i buy system 4 fishplates?


sarah
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Re: Fishplates
on: June 13, 2014, 14:09

Fishplates.


Series 3 could be used on Super 4, the early S4 track used spot welded fishplates, the same as Series 3.

The problem is fixing them in place. If glued (Superglue) the glue can act as an insulator, stopping the electric!

Soldering is possible, if a little messy if the sleepers are not removed….


A small wire brush, like a toothbrush. (Pack of 3 brushes, brass, wire, plastic, from Wilkinsons, etc…) and a scrape with a craft knife should remove rust…


Super 4 fishplates can be found at swapmeets and on online auction sites from time to time. Old stock, they haven’t been made since the early 1970s…


Keymatic
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Re: Fishplates
on: June 7, 2015, 16:56

Just out of interest when I am restoring Super 4 track for use I solder the fish plates onto the rail, you need a minimum 25 watt soldering iron some solder flux, solder (Tin/lead), a small modelling file round and oval shape.


Remove the rails from the webbing then clean up the track and fish plate with a wire brush as much as you can, or use a brass wheel brush on a dremmel type unit.


Then take the file and rub one side of the fish plate and a little of the rail where you will solder it, you will see it become shiny, quickly dab a little solder past on there, then hold the soldering iron on the rail and fishplate and feed in solder until it all bubbles the solder should then take to both the fishplate and the rail, if it doesn’t work first time let it cool and rub it all with the file again.


The joins may not always look pretty but they work


I do this to minimise voltage drop arouind the curcuits


You have tp be patient with this old track, the points are enough to write a book about :-) but again they can serviced and brought up to scratch


Gary


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