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Hi All. What is all the fuss about? With the new points from Peco , they are quite expensive, but, it has been suggested i is “Just what Modellers have been asking for”. It has been claimed that they compare favourably.with C&L for price ? Are the guaranteed not to Bow around the frog ? after they have been in situ for a Twelve month..Please advise.    Best wishes. Kevin



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Hi Kevin,

Drum roll, lights, curtains, music....(gasp) - Bullhead rails, chairs, what look like solid as opposed to pressed point blades, and a more realistic timber spacing to match the code 75 flex track (which for OO is of course relative). I'd say that was a real step forward. Apart from that, the same old tried and trusted mechanism.

It seems it's a 3D print timber section, which means nylon or similar. Must have difficulties with a die for the chairs. Wonder how paint will adhere to that? Or if they put a 5° cant to the rail. Now that would be nice.

I've only seen pictures, I don't use Peco track anymore.

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Hi Nigel. Thank you for your reply . It would be okay for someone starting out, or as an extension project?But whether or not it is better than C&L either pay them to build or diy. I have only just heard about the points, ears to the ground?(mind you don’t get trod on.   Best wishes. Kevin



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Hi Kevin,

They have been in the works for the past year. Better than C+L? Probably not (chairs for starters). Both C+L and Peco compromise on sleeper/timber length for OO (has to be shorter to match the narrow gauge track, otherwise it looks silly). It's a definite improvement over regular code 75 turnouts. Do you need them? That depends on your budget and how you feel about having realistic track. I suspect most who really care have moved over to EM or P4 already. That's what I did.

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Agree with you Nigel, C&L components are more accurate and you can get 2 and 3 bolt chairs to suit your railway.  You can order RTP turnouts from C&L but they're professionally built I assume and pretty dear.  However, as many are finding, under new ownership C&L is in a bit of a muddle.  I ordered some things last week and haven't heard back.  Components are also quite expensive, notably copper clad strip.

As said, Peco new turnouts seem to meet the needs that most people have been crying out for.  I also notice that the stock rails are rebated to take the blade.  I think GWR joggled theirs while other companies used a set on the curved blade.  Making blades, as I am finding, is as much art as science and the shaping needs to be just so to make a smooth transition.

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Hi Nigel.  Thank you again. I don’t really need the new points, but, if they don’t distort around the frog? And they look realistic,  Then they could be worth it.   Best wishes.  Kevin



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Hi John   Thank you . I have only just heard about the points, if you have seen the points? You have the advantage.The idea that C&L trackwork gives the choice of two or three bolts in the chairs is excellent . And anything else is a bonus.    All the best. Kevin



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I've seen pictures Kevin, and they do look quite fine compared to the old ones.  There are pictures and comments in a thread on RMWeb:  http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/127840-peco-bullhead-points-in-the-flesh/

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Hi John. Thank you for your reply.   I was just curious . I am not in the market for new points just yet.Best wishes. Kevin



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