2. The Track

Building the layout presented a great many challenges. I started with the basics: track.

Zn3 track was made relatively easy thanks to some custom Code 25 rail I had manufactured for me back in 2006 or thereabouts. Switches, however, were a bit harder. I started by making photographic reference images of the actual track at the railroad, using a special homemade camera scaffold to hold the camera centered above the track.

From there I fabricated a switch using brass ties severed in the center for electrical isolation. I found brass ties were more durable than PC board ties, as the heat required to solder multiple rails in a single spot, such as the frog, often caused PC board ties to blister and delaminate. The finished switch is functional; the switch is thrown via wire rods attached to the pivoting ends of the point rails.

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