Speaking of catching up things, I remember several modellers referring to detail parts for HO scale turnouts made by Details West. I told myself that I’d have to go check that out and that someday is here. Boy, these are some really neat parts. I love that feeling of seeing a model part so neat or so well executed that it makes me want to buy it. Until now, though I’d used their parts a long time ago it never occurred to me that they would even have a website. Here’s the link to their main page of turnout parts:
The last time I built some HO scale track for myself I used a mix of code 55 and 40 rail to represent the light track that was still in place on the Island. Scrolling down the above page, I found some photos they uploaded showing their parts on finished turnouts. Included in those photos was a set of a turnout they’d build, using their parts, and that light rail I just love. Check this out:
I’ll admit, I think it’s a darned shame that those lovely point blades are literally screwed into the throwbar. Overlooking that, the rest of the work is simply beautiful.
I could see ordering some of these. Anyone need a code 55 number eight?