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 Posted: Tue Feb 27th, 2018 03:45 am
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" Sounds good, right?  I'll see how it turns out "



Hi Michael :mex:



Sounds good to me ! ... Looks like it's turned out good as well !!

It's cool on your layout extension. :cool:



22" huh ... Or Eh! ( as they say in the GNW ) ;)





I have some 'Hornby' OO/HO track-pieces stashed, straights & Radius-2 sections.

Eventual track making parts. :slow:



Also have some 3 x 5mm ...

... or 1/8" x 3/16" ( depending on your point of view ) for ties.

The 1/8" thickness is good ...

... since DOUBLED UP copper-clad PCB ties are 1.6mm or 1/16" thick.

Just glue a pair together to get the right height.

Mmm ...



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I didn't know that the Festiniog Railway in Wales had stub-switches ...

... until I saw some the other day.





:old dude:



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I figured that 22" radius would handle most any equipment.

Using the Snap Track just makes life easier when laying things out.

I was going to use 1/8" basswood for ties but it just looked too small.  Gonna try 3/16" and see how it turn out.



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Here's two stub switches installed on the Salt Flats extension.
The first switch leads to Manly Siding, and the second heads off to the borax ore loading bin.

I tried using 3/16" thick basswood for ties and they just looked too bulky.
So I changed to 1/8" material by 3/16" wide.
That gives me ties that are about 4.5" x 6.75"
Close enough.
I have some 1/8" square ties that I just use to fill in.

The story is as the years went by the railroad got cheap and used the bare minimum for replacement ties.




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" Also have some 3 x 5mm ...
... or 1/8" x 3/16" ( depending on your point of view ) for ties.
The 1/8" thickness is good ...
... since DOUBLED UP copper-clad PCB ties are 1.6mm or 1/16" thick.
Just glue a pair together to get the right height "



Hi Michael :wave:



3mm x 5mm ... or ... 1/8" x 3/16" is pretty handy ...

... since 2x 1.6mm P.C.B. strip ties, one on top of each other, = 1/8" !!  :bg:



Dead easy size to source as well.

Can't go wrong.  :P



Not a bad match for ( O-16.5 )  PECO 'Crazy Track' height either.  :)



Lookin'  G :cool: :cool: D  !

Nice switches.



:mex:



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What size/type of rail are you using Michael ? ???




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Getting better and faster at making these stub switches.

It measures out to about a number 5.2 turnout.

I've been using Code 100 brass rail for the switches and my hand laid track.

Brass rail is cheap (nobody wants it), solders well, and being outside weathers really nice.




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Hi Michael  :mex:



Go on !

You know you want to !!   ...   ;)












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Annoying isn't it.  :old dude:

You ONLY get 1 extra track ... But HAVE to make 2 extra frogs !!  :f:   :f:




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Si,

I've thought about doing a 3-way stub but I'm concerned about getting the lead track to line up correctly.

I just might give it a shot when I start working on the Sundance section since it will have several spurs and a runaround track.



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Aligning the outer two can be done just like you are currently doing it.
The only difficult one would be the center track.
While not very prototypical, one method would be to "lock" the center position with a pin.
I am sure it could be disguised.
Picture is not a three way but the pin method shows.
On this turnout pins are used to manually lock the turnout in both directions.
This could be done for all three on a three way turnout.
Just drill a hole through the throw bar into the baseboard for each position.
Simple but effective.







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Bob,

Great looking track.

I was thinking that if you took a sliding rod or pin at a 90 degree angle to the switch throw rod,
drill 3 holes in that throw rod so that the lead track lines up correctly,
you should be able to move the throw rod on the lead track and lock it into position.

Something to think about.




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Sure.
Could also be a "knife" switch type lever that laid in a slot on the throw bar.
That would be easier to align.




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