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 Posted: Mon Mar 8th, 2010 05:45 pm
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More pix coming...BTW, is anybody interested in seeing how I make these tiny code 55 switches? I have one left to lay and just thought about showing it's construction. This kind of stuff has been thoroughly covered in other threads so it may be wasting time trying to take photos while I am working. I am using the H. Kephart system to make the important frog parts, it is a helluva lot easier than bending rails and grinding points and hoping the thing works!

Now, I am thinking about the structures and will relate their construction, although things like this have been covered in great detail. Stuff will happen when I get to it. I am engrossed with watching the train run around, but when the sun is out...the big dog calls my name.  



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 Posted: Mon Mar 8th, 2010 06:38 pm
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Woodie:-

I along with many others would like to see a blow by blow How To for the mini switches.

I know you enjoy taking photos and posting to the forum with your special backdoor method.    So let the show begin.

Don



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I  agree...show the switch building...please.

 

 



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I'd like to see how you make your switches. I have a couple to make in O14 (7mm scale 14mm gauge) and have been thinking what direction to go and I've never heard of the H. Kephart system...

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OK, give me a day or so and photos will appear. The H. Kephart frog system is the most exact way to make the difficult frog area that I have found. I have been hand laying track since the early 1960's and have tried many techniques (there really isn't that many) to do the frog and Herb Kephart showed me how to do it "his way". Now, I don't think that Mr. K invented this, but it is slick as a whistle. You shall see.



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Mark me down for a Yes vote as well.



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Lookin' forward to it!

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Well, well...something got done today.



I put some 3/4" lath around the layout. This will be finished as weathered wood and the scenery may undulate along the edge also. With this done now, I won't be messing with the edges after the rest of the layout is done-less chance of screwing stuff up. The lath (pine) was attached with epoxy and Titebond 2 so it will be there forever. A little sanding and she's ready to weather. You may notice the City of Dallas garbage can...it is just the right height for me to work on the layout outside, funny how things like this work out!



Here's one of the switches made the H. Kephart way. This will be explained later. see how it flows pretty well out of the curve into the passing siding. Later on, the ties will be cut to length and a Caboose Hobbies switch stand will be fitted.



This view shows the passing siding and...BY GOSH! By lowering the grade a bit, with Mopman's advice, I will be able to build the switchback that I wanted to begin with-there's enough room for 2 plus cars at the mine and clear the switch! The switchback will be just to the left of the roll of solder and rise up to maybe 3 or 4 inches. Again, things have changed-back to the original plan! The large piece of concrete block on the ties is a weight to hold down the roadbed after I cut sections out to lower it. The sub roadbed is 3/8 balsa since that's what I had handy and it will be covered up anyway with foam scenery.  The weather is really nice here, so I will be working on the Mogollon Railway more but this line will still be in progress.

 



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http://freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2070&forum_id=6  Here is the link to H. Kephart's piece about handlaid switches. Herb has explained this better than I could so I believe that anyone interested in this easy to do approach needs to read and digest the information.  The switches on the Gila Tram are/will be built this way and I have used this method on the Mogollon Railway when I replaced some bad switches. Sooo, I won't be showing a step by step on how I lay switches...Herbie has done it all before. Now, any questions? 



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"By lowering the grade a bit, with Mopman's advice, I will be able to build the switchback that I wanted to begin with-there's enough room for 2 plus cars at the mine and clear the switch! The switchback will be just to the left of the roll of solder and rise up to maybe 3 or 4 inches."

Hey Woodie

It's amazing what even a small change in elevation will do to a micro/mini layout. On my layout, the change is only about 8 O scale feet (2") and yet I think the effect is huge. The grade is on the continuous run, going up in the front and mostly obscured by view blocks as it goes down in the back.

In a 2' x 4' space you'll be able to be really creative with what you want to have out front and what you want to have behind scenery or buildings. To me, 2' x 4' is big!

By the way, thanks for the link to Herb's hand laid switches. Looks like a great system.

Cheers

Brian



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