I’m inching still closer toward the next layout project and this is a pretty decent milestone to share. This morning I had some time to warm up the soldering iron and finish the second turnout and share a photo of what I was able to get done.
These two turnouts are both N scale built to NMRA gauge spec’s using copper-clad ties and Micro-Engineering code 40 rail. With every turnout I keep trying to refine my approach and this time I’ve finally jumped into using only copper ties. With rail soldered to every tie the resulting turnouts are a great deal stronger. I’ve been following along with the superb tutorials Henk Oversloot published on his website (http://www.fs160.eu/fiNeweb/standards/trackcon/soldtrack.php) and as he notes, it takes a little extra thought planning the order in which to solder the rail to the ties since it’s quite difficult to shift a length of rail over to fix gauge errors.
I still have some work to do before completing this pair. Obviously I need to trim the ties on the wye. I also need to use a file to tidy up the mating surfaces on both turnouts where the point blades meet the stock rails. When it gets closer to installing these on the layout I’ll need to solder in some feeder wires and gap the frog rails.
I’m looking forward to trying hinged points on this pair. This will be another first for me. Again, Mr. Oversloot has an overview describing hinged points on his site:
The 2mm Association has another nice tutorial on their’s:
In both examples, instead of soldering the point blades to a sliding PC board throwbar I’ll be soldering short lengths of wire to the inside web of each blade and then threading them through a under-layout mounted throwbar. This approach should be slightly more durable. The big attraction for me will be the potential for the visible piece of the throwbar being much closer to scale.
While working on these this morning I’ve been enjoying some coffee I’ve brewed from some really great beans roasted by Row142 here in Charlottetown. I can’t imagine better coffee than what they produce and it’s the perfect compliment during a morning’s model railway pursuits.