It’s amazing how much time you can spend fretting over a particular decision. Given the way my mind is wired, these types of activities are typically those I enjoy the most.
When it comes to making up the turnouts, as my previous post indicates, I’m using a soldered style of construction. I know there are new methods and I know there are those that produce significantly better looking models. In fact, I really admire the alternatives and my curiosity is definitely piqued by their potential. The decision is entirely by emotional need. I just like making up turnouts this way and those darned PC board ties are a mark of my style.
For the plain track I’m less sure of my method. I intend to use only wood ties. Sipping my morning coffee I was looking over my empire and thinking about how I’d like to attach the rail to the ties. I’ve made spikes before so likely will just do that again. Should I bother with tie plates? I have never used them in the past. While only a minor detail, they’re the sort that might fun in terms of: trying something new and adding another layer of visual texture to the finished track. Maybe just along the length of “mainline” that borders the scene? I’m using heavier rail there anyway.
I do plan on adding joint bars and rail braces. I do feel like, especially on such light rail, they are rather noticeable and will contribute texture that I will appreciate. But those tie plates…
I’m not soliciting advice here or asking for someone to make the decision for me. I doubt I’ll lie awake in the wee hours of the morning second-guessing the way this has changed my life. Right now I’m just amused by how big a decision something like this feels like or how big I’m making it feel.