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Bruce Scott Posted - 11/17/2018 : 9:22:25 PM
Does anyone currently offer in HO a Railroad Tie Tong or an Ice Tong?

Am detailing a Blacksmith Car. I know SS Limited makes a Blacksmith Detail set but my friend just needs a tong detail.
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Pennman Posted - 11/24/2018 : 6:10:29 PM

I was thinking about doing something similar to what you came up with, but I have too many irons in the fire already !

I wouldn't consider yours too long, as he said they wanted long tongs. Especially when these are long tongs from years ago.

Ensign Posted - 11/24/2018 : 1:46:46 PM
Bruce, you could try making your own using .020 brass rod.
For fun I just tried making a set.
Bend 2 pieces of wire into identical shapes needed to form the tongs.
I then carefully hammered flat the brass rod on the tong ends.
And used a small file to give me a more pointy end of the tongs.
Glued the two sides together, and it's done. Perhaps my handles are a bit to long, but those can be easily shortened.
Took about 15 minutes.

I'm certain if I were to make a second one, I could do a much better job on it.
Just wanted to show how easy this could be.

Greg Shinnie
jbvb Posted - 11/24/2018 : 10:24:40 AM
At Seashore we use Willard's "small tie tongs". We have his "rail tongs" but have never had a large enough gang to use them. And our Pettibone has been able to reach anywhere we've needed to put a rail since I joined the gang.
Wulf Posted - 11/23/2018 : 9:58:48 PM
From Willard's 1915 Maintenance of way & structures:

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Made some of these coldforging 24 gauge iron binding wire, acc'd the two parts together
jbvb Posted - 11/19/2018 : 9:33:03 PM
The 1:1 'tie tongs' we use at Seashore are fairly close to ice tongs in shape, except the handles extend farther up above the pivot. The 2-man tongs in Faller #151000 are closer to 'rail tongs', but in the US they usually grip the head of the rail, rather than under the base.
desertdrover Posted - 11/19/2018 : 10:11:03 AM
I don't know what you decided on, but those tongs are so small you could convincingly enough make one from wire or solder to be used as a detail item.
I know this is a much larger version, but it show how to make a set of tongs. You just have to make them a lot smaller; https://www.instructables.com/id/Whiskey-Ice-Tongs/
desertdrover Posted - 11/18/2018 : 12:02:01 PM
Model Tech Studios offers an Ice Delivery Man with tong and ice blocks. Don't know of any selling just the ice tongs.
Also Woodland Scenics Chips Ice Truck figures has a man with ice tongs.
And Faller HO #151000 has figures with track tongs.

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