Wolfgang Dudler

building turnouts

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problems and more with the turnouts: throw bar exchange    new frog

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I've also followed the original Central Valley instruction.
But I had to rework the parts. The "Throw-Bar" has notches for the tip of the points.These notches are not wide enough. I used a file. Also, I sharpened the points. - And I soldered a thin wire to the other end of the points. This will give a good contact with stock rails. With some castings I had to rework the tie block. It was not wide enough for the "Throw-Bar".


Now I need a crossing. There're the two right and left hand turnouts and between a crossing. And all at a curve.


I decided to solder the crossing. I printed the track plan 1:1 from AutoCAD and glued PC board ties between the turnouts. Radius from the "straight" leg about 1500 mm, diverging route I didn't measure.


And now, it goes step by step. My tools are soldering tools, Xuron rail nipper, files, my table saw with grinding disk and NMRA gauge.

At first I soldered the connecting track. Then I worked step by step. You have to take your time. Each piece of rail must suit in its place.


An important test tool is a truck. But I use more the NMRA gauge. In the last pic you see a working crossing. What comes next is time consuming: guard rails. You neet quite a few.

With this part finished I removed the copper foil - what a mess - and cut with a fine saw the needed gaps.


But with the points from a few turnouts I run into a problem. The points were not sure kept down. So I soldered a very small piece of very thin wire to the points. This piece glides under the "throw bar" and will - hopefully - keep the points in the correct place.


And all together



for a crossing is no problem. With DCC it is much more easy. The crossing is powered by one turnout. The possition of the other turnout should not show a route over the crossing too. That's unlogical and forbidden. In this case the frogs of the crossing have not the correct polarity. Also look at Allan Gartner's site.

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