Yes Reg-- Heavy interurban. so all rails are grounded, and pantographs are used for collection. Couple non electric locos are battery power, radio control.
The two outstanding O scale modelers were Bill Hoffman. and Bill Clouser. Hoffman was on the West coast and built a model of near every car that the Sacramento Northern had. Not every class, every CAR! Worked in wood.
Clouser was in Illinois, and worked almost exclusively in Strathmore board - which is a dense smooth hard surfaced artists board. Think high class poster board. Still available in artist supply and some craft stores (Michaels, for one) but only in the thinner "weights''. Built at least one 1/2'' scale interurban--a C&LE ''Red Devil'' for the Smithsonian. Most of his models were of Illinois Traction equipment, and he was a pioneer in casting epoxy car shells in 1/48--40' steel boxcar, and North Shore passenger cars--- for sale.
Clouser is probably who you are thinking of, as I would think that Hoffman was before your time.
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Thanks for the tutorial. I built a few turnouts about 15 years ago but then left the hobby. I'm back and about to start a layout so will need many turnouts. Starting slow on the bench then hope to be able to build my skills to the point I can build them in place on the layout to suit the situation with little or no need for templates and measuring (aside from guages of course).
Bob Hegge...yep, he was in RMC many times. What I really liked about his layout was that it was O scale/gauge with code 100 rail! Whatta great look and the equipment wasn't too shabby either. Blast from de past.
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It was Bob Hegge's work that inspired me to try laying standard gauge O in code 100.
Greg: There is no "right way". I have fabricated turnouts on the bench, on the layout, and somewhere in between by using soft wood roadbed at the turnouts instead of cork. I had a turnout in a tricky location that had to be fabricated to fit.
Good to see you back in the hobby.
I am new to this forum, but I bet just about everyone here wants to see photos of your progress.