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 Posted: Fri Jan 13th, 2017 11:47 am
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I've "kind of" made the decision to redo my layout and go 2-rail while I'm at it.

But first, I want to learn how to make a turnout/switch.  I want to see if I can make one before I go to all the expense of dismantling the current layout and spending anymore than I have to.  If this is a dismal failure I'll stick with what I have.

I'm going to be using Micro-Engineering code 148 NS track and Right-O-Way turnout components.  I was going to build #5 turnouts but ROW doesn't make them, but they do make #6 turnouts and I think I can't fit those in without any problems.

I don't want to build them in place, I'd rather build at the workbench and once completed place them on the layout.

Surely someone here has built turnouts, so what advice can you give me?

Being I run BPRC I don't really need to worry about wiring, polarity, etc.  I plan on keeping (for now) the ho-rail wheels on all my rolling stock as they run fine on the code 148 track.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 13th, 2017 01:30 pm
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here's a comprehensive how-to: Try it
You have to have the Adobereader Plugin installed, as it downloads a pdf.

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don't know if you know this one:  http://www.handlaidtrack.com/they sell a lot off stuf for doing it yourself , and a malleven if you are buing nothing, you can download a template for building your turnout
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 Posted: Fri Jan 13th, 2017 05:19 pm
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There are tips on handlaying track right here on Freerails. Herb has posted some very useful info, I use his methods & they work every time. BTW, his info is about O scale.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 13th, 2017 05:58 pm
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Using the forum's search function pays off at times



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That is a big decision Bob but you may well look back on it as a good one.
Can I suggest even though you use BPRC you build them for 2-rail use (isolated frog). That way you keep the track power option if ever needed.
I normally build turnouts using pc board ties in the essential places and glue the rest which are wood using pliobond (a heat setting glue). I don't add the wood ties until I have the point working properly.
I have built all my points on the bench. With code 148 rail you can probably spike the cosmetic wood ties rather than glue if you want. I didn't have that option as I was using code 100 rail at the time.
The Fasttracks templates have a number 5. I have some points built using those printouts as a basis.

You will have to invent your own standards if you plan to run those 3-rail wheels through the points. Will 3-rail wheels go through a ROW frog?
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Now to play devils advocate.... can I strongly suggest if you go 2-rail you leave those 3-rail standards behind. There is a long history of people going with mixed standards for convenience or initial cost savings and coming to regret that decision.

2-rail and NMRA standards go hand in hand in North America. I built lots of HO points just using the NMRA gauge and have built a couple of O gauge ones the same way before deciding on the GOG standards which are defacto for 7mm modelling.

Oh,and my first points weren't perfect but they got better as I went along.

When it comes to plain track there is little to be saved hand laying it over my way but perhaps things are different over there.

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I wrote a "how to" on the techniques I use.  The how to is for an On30 turnout, but the principals are the same.  I have built standard gauge O turnouts using the techniques.
I will find the series for you.
Or, you could log onto Ed Traxlers web site (google Ed Traxler and it will come up).  He preserved my series on his web site.
Hand laying track is fun.
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My tutorial is in Model Building Aids.
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 Posted: Sat Jan 14th, 2017 02:27 am
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Thanks everyone!!! I have a lot to learn.

I'll have to check the #6 frog ROW (thanks again Jay Criswell) sent me to see how the hi-rail wheels act. May have to make my own frog (but it sure would be nice to use the ROW ones).

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 Posted: Sat Jan 14th, 2017 12:09 pm
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Yep, the ROW frog won't work on the hi-rail wheels. I'll just have to make it I guess!

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