question about turnouts

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by CAS, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. CAS

    CAS Member

    I will be using Atlas code 55, #7 turnouts. When i try to put a left hand turn out joined to another left hand turnout, turnout to turnout. I have a problem with the head blocks, and switch rod. The are to close together. Can i trim 1 side of the head blocks, and switch rod even with the ties? Do i need both sides of the head blocks, and switch rod? I don't know if it will damage the turnouts if i do trim them. Please help.

  2. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member


    Most everyone has this problem when running turnouts on right behind the other. Trimming the head ties and rod is OK, just so you leave them long enough so the rod doesn't slip under the stock rail when you throw the switch.

    Good luck!!

    Gus (LC&P).
  3. CAS

    CAS Member

    Thanks steamhead,

    i didn't want to go ahead and cut something off, only to ruin it. I won't cut it to short then.

  4. Palmisano

    Palmisano Member


    Yeah, I've cut my Atlas switches off on one side also. Real railroad switches only have headblocks on one side anyway.

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