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 Posted: Sun Sep 2nd, 2012 08:28 pm
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Never done this before now Woodie.

Made progress today by cutting ties to length...



Then began with the frog...



After a few hours...













The most difficult part was getting some of the spikes to drive straight without bending. The wood I'm using for ties has been laying around for a few months, which has allowed it to season. About twenty spike bent. Once I got the spike heads to the web rail I set them with a nail set.

I made sure to use the track gauges at each tie to keep things in gauge. I had considered flaring the ends of the guard rails but instead opted to follow Herb's advice and simply file down the inside rail head corners which was much easier and in my opinion looks better. When a wheelset is run across the frog it doesn't pick the frog point, there is almost no clatter and no discernible wheel drop.

Of course the approach side of the stub still needs to be constructed to make this a wholly functioning switch. The plan is to attach this portion of the switch to a stringer which will be buried in the ballast. The approach ties will be attached to the stringer to keep them from shifting out of place. And I need to come up with a throw mechanism that will hold the approach rails in place and indexed to the corresponding route rails. :)

 



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 Posted: Sun Sep 2nd, 2012 11:59 pm
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After working on the turnout I decided it was time to add some ballast to the existing six foot section of track I'd put down a few weeks ago. My free source is an uber secret location in southwest Nebraska that I pass on my near weekly trips to Alberta and back. :cool:


Posing for this photo is my Davenport (still haven't gotten around to the RC conversion). The new switch is sitting about four feet beyond end-of-track.














 
A photo looking over the left half of the backyard with the railroad's main town of Keylock in the foreground where the Davenport is posing.





Same photo as above except I drew in the planned future mainline. Did this on my iPad using the Draw Free app. Much quicker than using Paint on the 'puter. :)


 

The patio will play the part of a body of water making Keylock a port town. A couple of boats or barge models will be built and sit on the patio. Small docks and loading & unloading facilities will be added to give it a port atmosphere. The railroads maintanence facilities will be here as well. It'll also be the steam up area for my current two live steamers. All freight comes and goes through Keylock.

The town will provide me with two operating schemes.

The first is when I simply shunt cars in and out to the lineside customers as the mood hits me when I run trains along the entire layout.

The second scheme will be as an Inglenook puzzle when I just want to putz around. Since the sidings will be able to hold more than the normal 5-3-3 car arrangement of an Inglenook, extra freight cars will be parked in the siding ends that can't be moved which will limit capacity to the 5-3-3 composition.


 



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 Posted: Mon Sep 3rd, 2012 02:12 pm
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Mui excellente! Ya done good...

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X looking switch Dwayne.

Uber secret ballast is X as well !

Cheers

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 Posted: Mon Sep 3rd, 2012 05:36 pm
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Thanks guys. :)



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Ya done did good, Young Man!



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Dwayne, that's a fine job and a good concept.  You're on your way! :thumb:

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 Posted: Wed Sep 5th, 2012 12:45 am
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Herb, Bob... thanks.



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beautiful switch:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose::glad::old dude:



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 Posted: Sun Sep 9th, 2012 01:54 am
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Thanks Charles. The fact remains that it's still not a complete, functioning switch until it's fully installed which I hope to do when I get home in a couple of days. The experiences learned from building this one will be applied to the next switch.



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