Dimboola station. This great photo was taken by my son Craig

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Curved turnouts

They say when laying model railway track, to stay away from double slips, (mainly because they are difficult to wire up), but this also applies to curved turnouts. We look for ways to have maximum length in our yards, and to put in a curved point can save almost a foot (30cm) in space.
Curved points may have a place, but not in spacing saving, as we try yo obtain geometry that usually pushes them out of gauge.
This is relay number 2. When originally laid, all worked fine, then my Auscision A class, with its finer tolerances started to derail. Relay number one, to change some of the turnout positions and straights in between. All worked fine, then it started again, same locos, always on the curved turnout. Frustration and it led to ripping it up again; only to have the PECO code 83 number 7 curve point fall to pieces.
A new number 6 straight, left hand was purchased and the yard result being a bit shorter. Yet to connect up the all the track, power and test.

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