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HOn3 hand laid turnouts not a failure but not a success
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 Posted: Thu Aug 3rd, 2017 11:16 pm
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Pardon me, but I hand lay my track and it not only works right but it looks fine also. No, it isn't easy for me but then it is the only way I know. I became interested in HOn3 before there was flex track & switches so you either built the track or did something else. All it takes is patience and a willingness to do the job.
A little story...many moons ago, I was at an NMRA convention and a gent was entering his N SCALE structures in the contest. He had very shaky hands and his wife had to fill out the forms. The fellow reached down into a box and brought out the most incredible scratch built N scale barn and windmill...and his hands were as steady as stone! He set the models down on the table and when he lifted his hands off, they began to shake again. This guy went on to win first in structures and a gold award...not because the judges were wanting to smooze him but because his models were BETTER than anyone elses' stuff! It was hard to believe. This man has gone on to win again and again, I won't reveal his name, but I am sure many here in Texas know who he is! So, what is "easy" for some may be nearly impossible for others...or so it is thought.
And yes, if I was into traction, I would consider such trackwork and I would be proud that I built such stuff and I would encourage others to try it also. All it really takes is a willingness to try, even if you fail the first time, try again...and again.

If it was easy, it wouldn't be worth doing anyway!
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 Posted: Thu Aug 3rd, 2017 11:35 pm
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I knew a guy with shaky hands. He learned to time the brush strokes with the shakes and made the greatest historical figures I ever saw.
On the other hand, if you don't succeed at the first try, then parachuting is not for you.
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(including one MMR who thinks he knows everything) and their track is, well, horrible.
... unless he is modeling the Maumee RR. youtube it for fun...
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Hi guys, sorry to take so long in keeping up with the tread. Here is a small status of what I'm currently up to. I will post pictures when I have something not too shabby. I built my first turnout using a paper template, and code 55 rails. Also laid a few feet of track. I made all of the proper and expected mistakes, used a great deal of colorful swear words and being French Canadian I possess a great selection of those. In the end I succeeded. Not the best, but I will get better at it.

I made some important discoveries along the way, like at 66 I need a better dell magnifying glass, damn those spikes are tiny. Also I have to refine my soldering skills and equipment. I have no real issues with soldering I just need to refine my skill set, maybe I'm too finicky. I also ordered a few additional tools like Railway Engineering Rollee as suggested by Chris H.

So thank you for all the advice I needed it and will keep needing it.

Amicalement

Dan

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used a great deal of colorful swear words and being French Canadian I possess a great selection of those

I can curse in 3 different regional Spanish dialects, English and some French. Can get really creative when I spill blood.
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Hey--I didn't say it was easy, just wanted to show that if you keep practicing something, and put your heart into it, it will become easier after a long while. Built my first (VERY crude) HO switch in '48, because my allowance wasn't enough to buy an Atlas switch kit. Probably wouldn't take others anywhere that long.

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I think part of my issues so far have been the fact I'm using pre weathered rail, I just bought out the entire stock of code 55 from our local model shop (Discount Model Trains) in Addison, Texas. Plan on doing a bunch during my vacation trip right after the Narrow Gauge Convention in Denver, when I travel South to the border (almost) to spend some time with my Mom. Where she lives there is about nothing in the middle of nowhere, no internet either so I'm packing up a modeling box of supplies, tools and a few models to keep my self entertained.



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I'm a Colorado mining district afficianado. Planning a layout in HOn3 based on the Gilpin County area.
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Howdy Chriss, did you have any luck with the turnouts? I have used that pre-weathered rail before and unless you really clean it before soldering, it resists the flux. Since I don't use track power, I don't have a problem with that however.
How are you doing down there? I have since moved east to Royse City, a nice laid-back place where nobody gets in a snit and folks always smile & wave!

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OK.. I just hit my first major let down. I purchased a 040 saddleback engine, beautiful little thing. Problem is the flanges on the drivers are too deep for my code 55 rails. I figure I have two options available, options one try and find drivers that have a shallow flange. Option tow move from code 55 to code 70. If someone has a better option, I'm open to look at it.

Does anyone know where to get such drivers?

Dan

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Daniel, what scale is this locomotive and who manufactured it? I have 2 Bachmann On30 Porters-0-4-0 and 0-4-2 and they run fine on my code 55 rail. As for aftermarket drivers, I would need to know the above info. If this is an older HO AHM/Rivarossi 0-4-0, the driver flanges might give problems even on code 70 rail. Give me a bit more info and maybe I can help you.

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