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    • January 19, 2019 6:19 PM EST
    • I have one, it is indeed "floppy"

    • January 19, 2019 3:45 PM EST
    • Jon,

      I think you got a dead one!

    • January 19, 2019 2:25 PM EST
    • Jon,

      I agree with Chris stated.

      Unlike the Aristo 90 degree crossover that has stout metal strapping underneath it - shown below,

      [img]https://elmassian.com/images/stories/ted/crossing/AristoART20410SS90degreeXingBottomJprStrapm001861.jpg[/img]

      it's "normal" for the Arsto 19.5 degree crossing to sag, so it's best to be supported on a flat surface - something like a piece of cement / backer board. The Aristo 30 degree crossing has similar sag.

      -Ted

    • January 19, 2019 2:08 PM EST
    • Thanks Chris. I had a feeling that was the case.  My only other experience with Aristo crossings is the 90° and it has short stub tracks and is quite stable.  I use Ariosto track and switches exclusively and had not experienced anything like this so it prompted a very close inspection, but I could find nothing cracked.

       

    • January 19, 2019 12:10 PM EST
    • Hi Jon,

       

      In my experience with Aristo track, especially switches and crossings, they were very "wobbly" and "loose" even from the factory new. No amount of tightening seemed to help get them board stiff, but it did help the wobble. Also it depended on the yellow or black version of packaging. The early black packaged items seemed to be a bit more loose than later yellow package items. As you mentioned, it will still work fine, its the inherent design Aristo selected that lead to the wobbly nature of these items in the track to tie securing points. I have used both for many, many years on an outdoor layout without issue and they were wobbly right out of the box.

       

      Thanks,

      Chris

    • January 19, 2019 8:52 AM EST
    • I just picked up a brand new old stock Aristo 19.5° Crossing in brass.  It's fine when laid flat on the bench; but when lifted the ends sag away from the center frog. I tightened up all the screws underneath, but that didn't make much difference.  There was no evidence of shipping damage at any time in it's life.

       

      Is this normal?  I'm not really worried about it - I just need to be careful when handling it.

    • January 16, 2019 8:24 PM EST
    • Jon Radder said:

      Looking good Rick. Always satisfying when you can re-use something you already have.

      Indeed.

    • January 16, 2019 3:49 AM EST
    • Rick Marty said:
      That's a great idea Ken!!! When are you going to start the "GO Fund Me" page

      I will get on that as soon as I can..............

    • January 15, 2019 9:59 PM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:

      Your welcome, Ric. I think it's your turn to come East, (April would be nice, hint hint) 

      Mine work great, too, until a crowd shows up...............

       

      That's a great idea Ken!!! When are you going to start the "GO Fund Me" page

    • January 15, 2019 7:59 PM EST
    •  

       

      Out of respect I edited most of a video I had of Ric Golding at Kens that day. If Rick Marty is coming in this year perhaps I can get a video of him as well.

    • January 15, 2019 6:05 PM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:

      Your welcome, Ric. I think it's your turn to come East, (April would be nice, hint hint) 

      Mine work great, too, until a crowd shows up...............

      Ain't that the truth!  Thirty minutes before the guests arrive, everything works fine, two minutes after they arrive, the place looks and works like no maintenance has ever been done.

    • January 15, 2019 3:29 AM EST
    • Your welcome, Ric. I think it's your turn to come East, (April would be nice, hint hint) 

      Mine work great, too, until a crowd shows up...............

    • January 14, 2019 11:29 PM EST
    • Hey, thanks for the nice words Ken!  When are you coming back out?  All the switches are now functioning, well until someone comes to operate that is

    • January 14, 2019 6:04 PM EST
    • Very cool idea Rick

    • January 11, 2019 10:24 AM EST
    • Tis a great re-work of a bridge..   Nice work...              

    • January 11, 2019 8:32 AM EST
    • Ric Golding said:

      Nice work!  Looks like a great place to while away an afternoon.

      If you ever get that bus heading west, a stop in southern Oregon is a must. He has a neat railroad. And getting better all the time............

    • January 11, 2019 7:47 AM EST
    • Nice Rick!

    • January 11, 2019 7:22 AM EST
    • Nice work!  Looks like a great place to while away an afternoon.

    • January 11, 2019 7:22 AM EST
    • Nice work!  Looks like a great place to while away an afternoon.