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#1 Eric J. Olson

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:24 PM

As promised, your update.  As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words...

The new R56 next to the original, standard LEGO R40.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:25 PM

Those look nice.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 10:44 PM

Nice.  Are you still planning on even larger radii?

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:21 AM

Thanks for sharing Eric but please be aware that our image posting guidelines call for images <= 800x600.  I've removed your images leaving one link.  Please feel free to edit/re-post your images within EB's site guidelines.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:50 AM

Looking good

#6 Eric J. Olson

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:56 AM

View PostTheBrickster, on 26 October 2012 - 01:21 AM, said:

Thanks for sharing Eric but please be aware that our image posting guidelines call for images <= 800x600.  I've removed your images leaving one link.  Please feel free to edit/re-post your images within EB's site guidelines.
My apologies...fixing...

View PostSavaTheAggie, on 25 October 2012 - 10:44 PM, said:

Nice.  Are you still planning on even larger radii?

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Yes, expect them to follow right after the release of the R56.

Also, for those of you curious, the continuity issues have been resolved and these will not require the use of any tape, wire, or other jumper mechanism.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 03:20 AM

Any update on being able to mate with TLG Flex-Track?

FWIW, I support the previously mentioned request for dk gray plastic rails.

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#8 Eric J. Olson

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 04:29 AM

View Postkyphur, on 26 October 2012 - 03:20 AM, said:

Any update on being able to mate with TLG Flex-Track?
We will be seeking a solution for this.

View Postkyphur, on 26 October 2012 - 03:20 AM, said:

FWIW, I support the previously mentioned request for dk gray plastic rails.
Noted.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 06:25 AM

Thanks for sharing Eric! It's nice to see that progress is being made.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:47 AM

looking good to me

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:04 AM

Are you thinking about other discontinued tracks such as the switch and the crossing?
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 10:22 AM

Very nice! I missed out on buying some of the previous rails before they sold out. Not this time though! :laugh:

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 11:47 AM

nice Work, I also like the straight rails, had them at LEGOWorld Zwolle NL 2012 and a lot of people were interested!

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:49 PM

View PostEric J. Olson, on 25 October 2012 - 09:24 PM, said:

As promised, your update.  As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words...

The new R56 next to the original, standard LEGO R40.
I definitely want some of those.

The ME straight track, can I place this directly on a baseplate without using any sleepers?

(I want to use them for a 9V-tram, but my 9V track is not convenient for that because
a tram-track should not have sleepers:   http://en.wikipedia....rams_vienna.jpg
and hiding the 9V track sleepers requires way too many lego pieces).

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:53 PM

View Posthoeij, on 26 October 2012 - 01:49 PM, said:

The ME straight track, can I place this directly on a baseplate without using any sleepers?

Yes you can.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 03:12 PM

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#17 Eric J. Olson

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 05:30 PM

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Are you thinking about other discontinued tracks such as the switch and the crossing?
As we have said all along, our goal is a complete rail system.  So, with that said, they are in the plans, but I can not even provide a rough time frame for those products.

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The ME straight track, can I place this directly on a baseplate without using any sleepers?
As stated, yes, this can be done with straight, but the curves, no.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:58 PM

Just one word: AMAZING!
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Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:18 AM

Oh yeah I cant wait

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:01 PM

Nice - congratulations.  I'm definitely looking forward to getting more ME track; I didn't buy curves last time because I'm overloaded with 9V curves, but I got a few double length straights and when those worked out well, wanted more - but you were already out of most of the track.  I like being able to use brown plates, too.  Looking forward to the availability of these.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 03:10 AM

Looks great, Eric!  I have a couple of questions:

1. How many sections required to make a 90* curve?  (4 like Lego?)
2. Any idea when the quad straight rails will be available?

Thanks!

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

View PostRemydodge, on 01 November 2012 - 03:10 AM, said:

Looks great, Eric!  I have a couple of questions:

1. How many sections required to make a 90* curve?  (4 like Lego?)
2. Any idea when the quad straight rails will be available?

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1.  Yes, for the R56, it will be 4 like LEGO.  The wider radii may require more depending upon the manufacturing process and ease of handling.
2.  I do not have a timeframe on this due to an alternate process required to manufacture.   I can tell you that half, straight, and double products will be available first and without delay.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 04:58 AM

Can 1x8 sleepers be used on the R56, and be evenly spaced?

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 12:52 AM

Hello, This is great news and I haven't actually bought any of your products YET! I do plan to soon especially when these come out. I have 2 questions

1. Do you have a release date/re-stocking time for any of your rails to be in-stock?  

2. What are you future plans other than rails, are you hoping to release stations, carriages, trains, motors etc...?
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:10 AM

View Postsplatman, on 11 November 2012 - 04:58 AM, said:

Can 1x8 sleepers be used on the R56, and be evenly spaced?
Unfortunately, no.  The way the holes are drilled doesn't allow for it.  We wanted to implement a channel design, but felt it would weaken the structure too much.


View PostRail Co, on 12 November 2012 - 12:52 AM, said:

1. Do you have a release date/re-stocking time for any of your rails to be in-stock?  
I don't even dare speculate.  I have a feeling we will have straight product on the market again very soon with the curves to follow immediately thereafter.  It all depends upon line time with the manufacturing companies.

View PostRail Co, on 12 November 2012 - 12:52 AM, said:

2. What are you future plans other than rails, are you hoping to release stations, carriages, trains, motors etc...?
We can look at sets and probably will with respect to engines and rail cars.  Anyone who has seen us at any of the AFOL shows of the past couple of years knows what we have in store in the engine department.  Motors, switches, etc will all follow in due time.  As we have said from the onset, this will be a COMPLETE system. :)

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Edited by Eric J. Olson, 13 November 2012 - 12:10 AM.




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