Ohio Mike PM'ed me asking if I hinged the points, or just let the rail bend. I have always used some form of hinge. Sometimes I use two rail joiners as in the eleventh photo in this thread.
The crosspiece at the pointed end has a small hole drilled in the center for a piece of music wire to work the points. The bar at the other end is a little wider, and is drilled for a #2 wood screw pivot. Both bars are soldered to the points on the base of the point--the same part of the rail that a spike head would hold. Minimum solder has to be used, so that there is no "blob" that the flanges will hit.
Notice the piece of thin (.012") music wire sort of parallel to the rails. That makes this a "spring switch". Trains will take the right hand route when approaching from the point end of the switch. Trains can come down either route from the frog end, if coming from the left hand route, the flanges push the point over against the resistance of the spring, Also notice the standard Octoraro & Eastern switch stand--a slide type single pole double throw. On this particular switch it has a wire which goes under the rail and has a short section bent up. when the slide switch is pushed away from the track, the bent up hook pulls the points over against the spring pressure so that a train coming from the point end CAN take the left hand route if desired.
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You are right Nathan. The ol' boys are just wanting to have a little fun. I guess I won't post any photos of my newest piece of rolling stock however. It features a couple of BARs and a small cannon. Woaaaaah!
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