Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Peco SL-E496 point
I've not bought a Peco point for many, many years. So long ago that I honestly can't remember the last time. Since making my own track, or at least farming the task out to my Dad, it's just not something I do. However the 009 layout needs to be as Ready T Run as it can, so the track must come from Peco.
Inside the box I found my point, from the modern 009 range that has replaced the previous "Crazy Track" wrapped in a plastic bag. A sheet of instructions with DC layout wiring info was included. The box was compact, but strong enough to afford the contents some protection.
The point itself is very nicely made. Hand built track is usually rather less engineered than it's RTR counterpart. My point blades are made from a single length of rail. Peco have a pivot in theirs. These snap back and forth nicely too. Under the frog there is a wire that should be routed through a hole in the baseboard. I know this is an electrofrog point but don't understand what this is for. The electricity seems to find its way around perfectly happy. Am I missing something ?
Detail is good. I like the extended sleepers beside the tie-bar to support a lever. The fixings look tidy and sleepers are grained like real wood.
All-in-all, very nice. For a tenner I suppose the price isn't too bad either. It's not like these things are going to sell in the millions after all.