Progress (Lack Thereof?) On The Megill River System...

Discussion in 'G / O / S Scale Model Trains' started by Lighthorseman, Dec 2, 2003.

  1. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    The second turnout is coming along, but has not yet all the ties replaced. This one is the turntable lead. (?) The lower left track passes the water, coal and sand towers, while the track at the above left passes behind the towers.

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  2. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Member

    Way cool turnout there. What make is it? That would be a great how to thread. I like your layout idea too. Looks like a neat layout to operate.

  3. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Also, while I was at it, I stained the ties with Minwax walnut, having first made sure that it would not eat holes in the foam.

    Messy, eh? :)

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  4. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    At this point, I placed some rail down, and made sure that the trains would run through the turnout properly.

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  5. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Greg...I just used a cheapy Atlas code 83 number 4 turnout. I just pulled the ties off, and replaced them with the ties I'm using elsewhere. I glued the rails down with Pliobond, then spiked every tie to the rail. I will follow with more pictures if needed. :)
  6. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Steve,everything looks great.Are you going to do anymore turnouts? How about some pics and a how-to article.You could post it here and on the NARA site. :D
  7. narrowsteam

    narrowsteam New Member

    Nice work

    Steve, the track work is magnificent, the switch idea is great, cannibalize an HO switch, put in new ties, it sure beats making your own points, frog and switch components....they look terrific.

  8. interurban

    interurban Active Member


    I love it Steve, very glad to see your model coming to life!!!!!!
    Btw have you read all those Steven King books ????? :D :D :D :D

    Great Track work, please keep posting your progress.:thumb:
  9. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Well, let's see.

    CATT: I have lots more tunouts to convert; mostly number fours, but a few number sixes, too. These are for the slightly better-maintained "main" line. For my really backwoodsy "branch" line, I'd like to scratchbuild stub turnouts. :eek:

    NARROWSTEAM: Thanks for the kind words. From what I've seen of your work, compliments indeed. :)

    INTERURBAN: It's a slow process, Chris. Thanks, and yes, I've read them all...most more than once. And all the Clancys, Koontzes, Ludlums, Grishams, etc., etc., etc...:D
  10. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Nice work on the turnout! :thumb:
  11. narrowsteam

    narrowsteam New Member

    What brand of ties are you using or did you make your own? Also are you using a Kadee spiker to do the spikes? Or each spike by hand...

  12. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Well, talk about doing this the hard way!

    I am cutting each individual tie from 3/32 square basswood. Each tie is laid and glued without a jig. They're stained, and then I am spiking them with nothing more than a small pair of pliers.
  13. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Here's a shot of my tools. I keep some of the HO ties on as a rough spacer, fine-gauge the rail with the NMRA standards gauge, and spike every fourth tie.

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  14. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    I've now spiked an 8 foot section of flextrack. Slow progress, but I'm enjoying it.
  15. narrowsteam

    narrowsteam New Member

    Steve, thanks for the info. Track work looks great...

  16. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    I have just posted a thread about kitbashing a turnout in Scratchin' And Bashin'. Will be updating soon. :)
  17. Jim T

    Jim T Member

    Please keep this stuff coming, Steve. Great info. This is building a RR just the way the big boys did it!! LOL Great fun!! I'm getting ready to abandon my fledging HO layout and start scratch building an On30 layout.

    Cheers, Jim
  18. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Still With Trackwork...

    Here is my next project. The small 3-track yard. I'm starting with bashing yet more turnouts. Here's a "before" shot.

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  19. Xaniel

    Xaniel Member

    Some excellent work you're developing here. Please keep those pictures coming!!!!
  20. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    Amazing trackwork, with tracks like this you don't even need scenery :)

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