Thanks all for the quick responses. I think I'll get started on some today. I have a bunch of 5 foot pieces of brass track laying around from years ago that was going to be switches.
But you know the story, never got around to it.
I got up this morning and started at 5:30 and have 6 new switches started. should have them done as soon as I can get to the barn and cut up some creosoted lumber I have out there for the ties.
I'll post some pictures soon.
Today I went out and got a railroad tie -real one- and cut it in half to make ties for the switches but I'll have to wait until it drys out to cut it down to size. Darn it wad heavy and cold. But at least its in the work shop drying now.
Posted By Torby on 02/03/2009 7:49 AM
That seems a little extreme for making a 45mm turnout.
Yes you are right but a switch that was put out when I build with redwood ties have quit a few rotting. For the little time I'll have sawing up the tie I thinks it wort it to spend the time up front and avoid
repairing later. And its the pattern maker in me that has to over build everything.
Posted By Hagen on 02/05/2009 1:14 AM
Just remember that stuff isn't excactly good for you
Yes I know that. I've been a wood worker all my life and have outside air resporation while sawing anything like that. In fact I ware it all the time when I work with wood now.
The workshop house ventilation to the outside too and the dust collector it outside. Keeps it pretty clean.
I am with you; I use real rail sleepers and cut down the scale size. If not I use the same timber, generally I piece I have found left outside to weather and harden. As the wood is so hard I have to pre drill with a Dremel and hit spikes in with a hammer!
I use HO planes from http://www.handlaidtrack.com/ on the left hand side click on printable track templates. I just blow the HO plans up to 45mm gauge. They are not perfect when blown up but the give a good guide to where stuff should be.