The next evolution... ME Track
Posted 01 April 2011 - 02:01 PM
@roamingstudio: Shouldn't the track without sleepers be perfectly usable for all kinds of different gauges?
Posted 01 April 2011 - 02:39 PM
Haven't actually posted the MOC itself yet since I'm still waiting for parts to arrive, but gambort surely knows what I'm talking about.
Posted 01 April 2011 - 02:42 PM
Posted 01 April 2011 - 03:28 PM
Hopefully a bricklink or similar re-seller could be found in Europe to get the rails shipped from a less expensive point in Europe. Something similar was once done by someone with BrickJournal.
Looking forward to see the new radii ...
Posted 01 April 2011 - 03:46 PM
Perhaps I should reserve judgement until I actually have them and try them out, but railbricks seems to think they work wonderfully.
Posted 01 April 2011 - 04:05 PM
Posted 01 April 2011 - 04:49 PM
sounds great! Everything sounds great with your ME Metal Rails ... can't wait to get them :-]
Thanks and good luck with the new train supplemental business for LEGO trains!
Posted 01 April 2011 - 05:19 PM
LOVE that they offer or soon will offer the quad sections....NICE!!!!!!!!
If i could only get the website to reliably load!!!! i frequently get "the server did not respond" Hopefully a better server is in the future too :)
Posted 01 April 2011 - 08:00 PM
That's fine...I've got curves enough for now. The only problem was it was one curve; the video said there'd be three different radii.
Posted 01 April 2011 - 08:18 PM
Can't wait for the May additions...
Posted 01 April 2011 - 11:36 PM
These look great.
What different radii will be available and will there be points and crossovers, particularly high speed points (smooth turnouts)?
What sort of metal is it? Are they suitable for laying an outdoor track?
Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:22 AM
Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:34 AM
Sounds like outside use would be OK for RC (no rust from aluminum, probably using wooden sleepers to avoid UV issues with the plastic parts) but you might get some conductivity issues for rail powered systems.
I guess for the complex stuff your stock can serve as a basis for scratch building.
Edited by AussieJimbo, 02 April 2011 - 12:43 AM.
Posted 02 April 2011 - 01:15 AM
it gives us hope for a range for Lgauge that will complement the existing lego sets. so raise your glass to new era.
Posted 02 April 2011 - 03:18 AM
Hopefully the bottom will drop out on the "9v track speculators" on Bricklink. That stuff was going for a premium. I saw a single track segment (part # 2865) going for $2.00 US but if you wanted at least 5 pieces they were $4.95 each. Clearly the new ME stuff is cheaper at $3.33 per section and more versatile with two tie colors and solid metal rails.
Hopefully ME will be in business long enough to top off everyone's rail yards. I can imagine the "work gang/track laying MOCS" that will soon abound.
The only drawback to 9v? Inability to do reversing loops. Hopefully, with the new and plentiful track, we won't have to scrimp on the long straight runs...
Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:24 PM
So there are no plans to include narrow gauge curves in the future? I don't like the Indiana Jones tracks, they are too small. Is it possible to slightly bend the rails like you could with the 12V rails?
Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:46 PM
I could never understand why Lego wouldn't make their own metal track this way...it's just so obvious. Take a big moulded piece like a straight track, then split it into two identical rails and some standard bricks for sleepers. The moulds et al. for that are a lot more cost-effective, surely, and you can then use the parts more flexibly in other kits (witness how the rails used to be used for things like crane gantries, etc.)
The Emerald Night brought me back, and I've since grudgingly accepted PF, but I want metal rails to charge the battery box (I'm also planning on having some dual electrification so my 12v stuff can run as-is). I have assembled a small amount of 9v track, but can't bring myself to buy and disassemble a fully working 9v motor for use as a pickup, nor can I find a cheap broken one. Long story short, offer a 9v pickup (or a dual 9v/12v one!) and you can complete the dream, and save some poor 9v motors being cannibalised ;)
I'll be buying a great deal of the straights for my sidings, and once points are on offer so I can have a consistent look, I'll be buying a lot more for a full layout. :)
Posted 02 April 2011 - 01:14 PM
A question that was raised by a fellow LUG member was whether the metal rails' long-term effect on the plastic train wheels had been tested / verified yet? His concern was that the rails' hardness might contribute to wearing out the plastic, could you please give us any information on that? Thanks in advance.
Posted 02 April 2011 - 01:47 PM
A potential solution to this could be replacing the plastic wheels with metal ones which may have the added benefit of reduced friction. Any plans in this area?
Posted 02 April 2011 - 03:22 PM
Posted 02 April 2011 - 03:28 PM
9V users have been running plastic wheels on metal track for two decades. Haven't seen many problems yet.
Wheelsets do eventually wear out, but not at the wheel/rail contact point, they wear out at the bearing. Plastic track won't make a difference there.
The new ME track is exciting, I'm looking forward especially to the quad-length and larger radius curves.
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