After years making models in HO scale and never really realizing a complete model railway, I discovered O scale, and how much I really love building models in 1:48 scale. Then I discovered N scale. Perhaps it's just time to admit that I like building model railways of all sorts, and just get on with it!
Follow along as I test and experiment with new things, and have a little fun at the same time. I will endeavor to share as much as I can--
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Virgin Railhead 09
Well, I managed to "hotwire" the fast tracks Jig--meaning that I used it without PC board ties. Instead, I soldered brass jumpers across the top of the rail.. I was just careful to bend the rail to perfect shape so that there was no tension in the rail. I built both turnouts as one, painted and wired them, and moved them over to the ties. I had to work back and forth to ensure that it all lined up. Main rail is code 83, guard rails are code 70, so the tops can be rusted, but not interfere with track cleaning. I made very minimal throw bars.
Here it is with the spacer bars hovering above the ties.
A couple more generalized views before spiking:
And here it is after spiking, with touch up started:
Looking forward to detailing and straight track. . .