This video shows how to lay stock rails, frog rails, closure rails and the frog for the Switch-Works "Ultimate" turnout. Switch-Works is a set of jigs for assembling "Museum Standard" track featuring wooden ties, metal tie plates, etched frogs and machined points.
This video shows how to build the throw bars for the Switch-Works "Ultimate" turnout. Switch-Works is a set of jigs for assembling "Museum Standard" track featuring wooden ties, metal tie plates, etched frogs and machined points.
I am working on getting an older Walthers/Shinohara double crossover ready to work with DCC. I had set it aside a long time ago because it looked like a nightmare to make it DCC friendly. I'm following Steve Baggot's instructions on Alan Gartner's Wiring for DCC website.
I was given a bunch of steel rail "O Scale" I think. Maybe 20-30 pounds of it along with a bunch of pre stained ties that were in old Walthers boxes. I am thinking of taking it to the metal salvage but maybe people still have a use for it?
Anyone have any experience with Cobalt turnout motors? How do you think they compare with the Tortoise? Any issues applying DCC controls to them?
I'm ready (finally!) to start building my much-delayed layout. I'm trying to decide how I want to operate my turnouts. There seem to be two general schools of thought, I.e. hands-on vs. remote operation. I see valid points on both sides, but tend to favor the remote camp after seeing one guy break a ground throw on a layout he was a guest operator on and personally being responsible for knocking over a couple of pieces of rolling stock on an adjacent track when I was throwing a switch on the same layout.
Just wondering what happened to Paul, Ryan and the podcast. There haven't been any updates since Oct 2012.
... So my wife says "Why don't you work on the patio until the sections can go in your train room?" I'm not sure who she so, despite a room built for my hobbies" I am now taking over the patio. I's like 85 degrees up there during the day anyway.
I've attached a photo off my iPhone of my latest switch on this section - for now. It was starting to look like a railroad so I figured that the point of view should be from the boxcar roof. Without realizing a potential problem the roadway was graded in place using sparkling and over the rails, ties, and pc board tie! Looks ok for now but will short out my DCC system so some planking in this section will hide the future demolition.
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