Prototype what is the distance between point rodding guides?

Discussion in 'Permanent Way' started by geoff_nicholls, 19 October 2017.

  1. geoff_nicholls

    geoff_nicholls Western Thunderer

    is there a standard distance between the guides/bearers (stools?) for point rodding? Or is there a book or website that explains how all this is configured?
    This is for a late 19th - early 20th century branch line.
  2. Jim smith-wright

    Jim smith-wright Western Thunderer

    Hi Geoff

    According to the instructions that come with wizard models bits it's 6ft pre grouping and 9ft post grouping (doesn't specify round or channeled rods though. You need compensators half way on any runs over 10 yards

    Edit > I use steve halls articles in MRJ which seem to be pretty detailed. I think the were in issue 113 and 115 (best to check the MRJ index first). Definitely worth getting them if you haven't already.


  3. Bill Campbell

    Bill Campbell Active Member

    Hi Geoff

    If you use Google to search for "distance between point rodding stools", you will find a number of references.

  4. chrisb

    chrisb Western Thunderer

    The instructions for the Ambis Point Rodding and Wire system state: "As a rule of thumb rodding supports would occur at 8 feet intervals (2.4m) for a straight run, reducing down to 5-6 feet (1.6m to 1.8m) for curves."

    The full document is available here:
    AMBIS Point Rodding & Wire System
  5. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

  6. geoff_nicholls

    geoff_nicholls Western Thunderer

    Thanks, I should have thought of checking the MRJ index, I'll follow up the other refs. I had checked photos of GER lines, counting the sleepers between each stool, but the sleeper spacing is longer on my branch line layout. As a result the stools are roughly twice as far apart as they should be, which is sort of fortunate, as I don't need to move them, just add more. So more are on order from Cliff Barker to fill the gaps.
    thank you to all who contributed.
    And I'll have a go at a compensator.
    I'll take some photos of the results and post them on my Aldeburgh Harbour thread.
  7. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    Thanks Simon, very useful. Need to plan where my rodding runs are going before ballasting.
  8. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    Nah, dig ‘oles...
    Pencarrow likes this.
  9. Emma H

    Emma H Active Member

    9' spacing for point rod supports.

    9 yard spacing for signal wire stakes.