Saturday, October 19, 2019

Slim Staging: Turnout Ladder installed

I love it when a plan comes together. I went from bare box to installed track this afternoon.

Using Dynaflex 230 silicone caulk, I attached 1/4" cork tiles on top of the box. This stuff holds well, dries clear, and remains flexible. I've used this on the Welztalbahn quite successfully to reduce roadbed noise from rolling trains.

The cork tiles are 12x12 inches so I used the overhang cut-offs for the mainline track to the module edge. I aligned tracks and the Fremo faceplate and glued everything in place. I'm using Dynaflex 230 to tack down the tracks as well.

Using a mirror, I ensure that the track is hitting the module edge at a 90 degree angle. I also lined up the staging yard with Untergroeningen segment 1 to verify alignment. Looking good, and a nice demonstration why I call this yard slim staging...

Finally, I wired and installed the yard tracks. I do want detection in the yard to facilitate automated running at some later time, but I haven't decided yet which detection method I'm going to use. For now I'll just make sure that the yard tracks have dedicated feeds to allow retrofitting detection later.

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