I have a place behind the Stanley mine where the 18" gauge track from the mine,
switches into two tracks and crosses over a narrow gauge siding for the Stanley mine building.
One track goes into the main building, and one goes to the mine dump.
In the prototype photo the mine trackage actually does go through a switch, and goes over the 3 foot into the building,
and it is impossible to see if it goes over the track a second time, but for my purposes it does.
The prototype photo shows the crossing in the distance, so no closeup details are available to see what it looks like.
My first question is, would they bother to spend the time using wing rails on the crossing for the 3 foot,
because it is only a siding with a small break in the rail to allow for the 18" gauge flanges on the mine cars going over the siding rail?
As you can see I have not added any wing rails, but there is a smaller cut in the 3 foot rail.
Keep in mind that the siding rail is obviously larger (code 55),
and the mine trackage is smaller (code 40-probably a little big, but that's the smallest size available).
A series of photographs showing the backside of the Stanley mine is currently on eBay,
where you can see what I am talking about.
Although I can find numerous mining related photos, the photo of a switch stand I have remains to be found.
Photo is a similar switch stand on a 2 foot mining Rly. in Brazil.
Slightly fancier then the one I came across.
Switch throw should be straight and hinged on cross bars at base of switch.
Had U shaped supports on both sides, spaced for throw.
A chain and pin were attached to the throw to lock it in place when swung over.
Howdy Kevin, nice work on the crossings.
I assume that there are regular stub switches used on 18"ga. mine trackage,
but most all the switches I have seen on 18" mine tracks are single point "kick switches" which don't have frogs or guard rails.
Just a single rail that is kicked (really!) back & forth to go from one track to another.
I don't have a photo I can get to right now but somebody out here probably has one.
If I can, I will snatch one from somewhere unless one gets posted.
Nice track laying by the way, very nice.
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