I started with the half rail profile and two straight lines three inches apart.
The rails would be created with the SWEEP TWO RAILS function in EnRoute. I like to create these kinds of files as a mesh file , tweak it as necessary and then merge it with a relief to get a routing file. Mesh files can't be routed until they are merged with a relief. The command prompts take us thropugh the process of creating a relief. First it asks me to select the first rail...
Then the second rail...
And then the profile is selected twice - once for each end.
I then created a vector box around the mesh and created a zero height relief.
I then selected both the mesh and the zero height relief which allowed me to open the combine mesh and relief function. I made sure it was set to MERGE HIGHEST function.
I then used the slice function to create a rail profile relief without the flat background.
I routed twenty two rails for our project - eleven from each sheet of 1.5" thick Precision Board. We'll glue these up and then trim them up to get them ready for the rust paint which is on order.
Next up are the rail plates complete with spikes to 'fasten' the rails to the wooden ties. Stay tuned...