I never expected that trimming and gluing the turnouts into place would make such an impression on me but, in the time since doing so, I can’t stop walking around the Prince Street crossing and siting down the rails. I just love the colour and tone here on the track and can’t wait to start working on some scenic textures and to see a train working its way through this scene.
The first of this evening’s tasks was to carefully move the rails on the salt shed siding to better align with the rails of their turnout. The rails are glued to the tops of the ties, so freeing them was simply a matter of carefully sliding a knife blade along, under the rails, to break that bond. With them now free, a fresh bead of CA was laid down along the ties and the rail laid into its proper place. Not that it shows so well in the photos, but shifting the rails over also better centered them on their ties.
I thought I’d wait until both the main track and the siding that cross Prince Street were installed and working before I proceeded to pave over that crossing. Curiousity and impatience stepped up to the microphone and made some pretty convincing arguments in favour of ignoring that plan and instead just throwing caution to the wind, mixing up some plaster and paving up to the first crossing. But wait, it gets better…
With the plaster I’d used to pave the road setting nicely, I thought I’d finish out the evening by spending some time tidying up the flangeways. I was happily working away when my eyes wandered to the parallel track’s ties. As a bit of a back story, I’d had this bright idea that for the length of track that would be completely buried in the road, I’d just use up some PC board scrap and solder the rails to it. A critical step in this process was to cut an insulating gap in those “ties” before burying them in pavement. Something I wish I had done before burying them in all their conductive glory under that plaster. Having come to the realization that I’d engineered a rather impressive short circuit I decided to take a step back and exchange a mouthful of rather immature words for a comparable amount of wine and then set down my tools for the night. During the days that followed, I mulled over several options to fix things but, in the end, just decided to grab my Dremel tool and basically cut through the paving, cutting deep enough to also cut through the ties and return both rails to a form of peaceful and polar opposition.
I still haven’t resolved the question of moving or powering the turnouts. I think I’ve narrowed down my selection to something I like and I’m looking forward to proceeding on that in the next couple of days. With the turnouts all in place, I can finish the remaining sections of track and then tie them into the layout’s power bus. I guess, from there, I could hook up some power and get in some time playing trains to celebrate that milestone. Come to think of it, that sounds like a rather nice idea.