Mustard Test Road

See the testroad in action.
Watch Em Run
The principle it uses is the required number of bearing blocks are located on the track, one bearing block per set of driving wheels.  The locomotive to be tested is then placed on the test road in addition to the bearing block there are available, support blocks.  These are placed under the locomotive/tender where required.  The current from the track is conducted through the bearing blocks to the locomotive wheels and as the blocks are divided with an insulation material the locomotive collects current, just as it would on the track. The quality industrial bearings supplied offer no resistance and the loco can be put through its paces running quite freely on the bearings.  If there is a requirement to test the loco away from the track (in a workshop for instance) power can be fed to the bearing blocks with a spade connection or similar to the 2.5mm screw in the bearing block sides.  The tender block also has this provision for locos with tender pick up or cross wiring.  The "0" Gauge boxed pacific set test road consists of three bearing blocks, one bogie block, pony block and tender block hence a 4 - 6 - 2 + T.  All can be accommodated for the very reasonable price of £65.00 plus p/p.  If however this formation is not required all the parts are sold as separates:      BUY NOW
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Mustard Wheel Shine 
The Mustard Wheel Shine originated from an idea put to me by Phil Downs . It is always very rewarding to receive customer feedback and in this case, I was able to react. Together with my machinist we put together the first prototype which was a great success.

The Wheel Shine is best used with the Mustard Test Road. The principle is uses is as follows: A Wheel Shine is located on the track and replaces one of the bearing blocks. When the other bearing blocks pick up the current this drives the locomotive wheels round. The Wheel Shine locates below the wheels with the sprung cleaning shoes applying just the right amount of pressure for the cleaning material in the shoes of the Wheel Shine to work. By swapping the Bearing Blocks round all the loco wheels can be cleaned. M&M supply two types of cleaning pads one is Scotch Brite and the other is a special felt     BUY NOW
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Device For A Vice 
Most people who purchase brass etched kits soon find that to obtain a nice crisp right angle fold in an etched part is not quite as easy as they thought.  What is needed is an extra long vice to hold the job and a device that is capable of folding an angle greater than 90 degrees.  This is where the Device For A Vice can assist; the tool is designed to accommodate most four wheel wagon construction.  For best results also try to hold the smallest side in the DV fold the brass etch towards you using a heavy piece of steel as a press.  The device is designed to make an angle greater than 90 degrees but relies on the metal springing back to approx 90 degrees.  If however it doesn’t return correctly all that is requires is to place a steel rule under the metal and pull gently but firmly back until 90 degrees is obtained    BUY NOW

Device For a Vice Large
 
For larger rolling stock the device for a vice large (or DVLA for short) is designed to hold a long part of an etch firmly in its jaws the 2 screws either end when done up prevent the jaws from spreading, all sorts of combinations can be made up using the spacer bushes and nuts provided and there are no end of jobs that this useful tool can accomplish. Dimensions for the DVLA are overall length 18 inches and end bolt centres are 17 inches.   BUY NOW
 
SolYbar
This useful addtion to the Device For a Vice is designed to make the second fold on a solebar.  It is acheived by inserted the SolYbar into the Device For A Vice which in turn is clamped into a bench vice.  The solbar is then folded over the uninque profile of the Solbar.  (See image to right)     BUY NOW
SolYbar Large As per the description above this can be used for longer channel lengths.     BUY NOW

TruTrak Gauge
The TruTrak Gauge is designed for detecting defects in the track.  It is a robust tool, simple to use and comes apart for easy storage. It takes coarse scale wheels as well as standard with 1/8th axels (wheel sets are not included).  When finding imperfections the pointer will indicate towards the red lines.