We can reveal that the EM Gauge Society, which was formed in 1955 to promote modelling in 4mm scale with a track gauge of 18.2mm, has commissioned Peco to manufacture items of ‘ready-to-lay’ bullhead wooden-sleepered trackwork.
With design work already at an advanced stage (undertaken to the Society’s own specifications), there will be left- and right-hand two-way points (to B6 geometry), together with plain track.
The points are set to feature solid metal blades and parallel sleepering (perpendicular to the straight route) – with sleeper length and spacing as per the prototype. To be supplied as Electrofrog only, with closure rails bonded to the frog rails and blades bonded to adjacent stock rails. The manufacturer’s existing code 75 bullhead rail will be used, whilst the existing Peco bullhead rail joiners will also be suitable for use with the EM gauge items.
Plain track will be supplied in 914mm lengths, but with the sleeper base split into scale 60' lengths; the sleeper spacing will be reduced on sleepers positioned at the ends of adjoining panels, as per prototype practice. CAD renders of this new trackwork range are reproduced above. It is planned to have 3D-printed samples on display at this year’s Warley National Model Railway exhibition (see separate story).
These items will be available to members via the EMGS stores and also visitors to EMGS expos. Price information is still to be finalised but it is hoped that plain track will be available at the EMGS AGM in December and the points in Spring 2019. For further details about the Society, including membership benefits and how to join: