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 Posted: Wed Aug 15th, 2018 04:37 pm
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Reg H

Joined: Sun Oct 19th, 2014
Location: Shelton, USA
Posts: 1105
Hi, Si:

Even getting a small patch of ground cover down makes a difference. 

I learned some lessons.  
My first thought was to put the ground cover down before ballasting the track thinking that the ground was there before the track. 
I am reversing that thinking. 
The rest of the ballast will go down before ground cover. 
It was difficult shaping the ballast with the ground cover in place. 

Before much more ground cover, or ballast, goes down, I need to complete the turntable. 
That is probably just a few hours work. 
Then I can go crazy with ballast and ground cover.

I am also changing the "switch machines".  
I like the clever little springs, but they do present some challenges.  
One of which is helping "newbies" figure out how to throw a switch.  
It should be obvious, but it isn't.

So I am going to go with ground throws. 
I was resisting them because, in order to function, they have to be larger than scale, especially in HO. 
But I have some nice ones that were originally purchased for an O scale layout years ago. 
That layout was still born and the ground throws are still in their originally packaging.
HO ground throws work great in O scale. 

Another change I am probably going to make is to bite the bullet and order the turnout building jigs from FastTracks. 
I am just not completely happy with the commercial turnouts, but I really want to be able to speed up the turnout fabrication process. 
I think FastTracks will do that, and it will be a wash in terms of cost.  

The PC board construction should stand up OK to the ground throws. 
If you will recall, the SwitchMaster switch machines tore apart some purchased turnouts built on PC ties on the On30 layout.  

Besides, I want to decide on the final track configurations in a somewhat organic fashion. 
So I might not know if a turnout is going to be left or right hand until I mess with positioning a bit.  


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