This week we are hand laying a crossover switch on our large scale railroad. Using both commercially available as well as scratch-built components.
We are laying on hand-cut red cedar ties and using home cast tie plates and point slide rail braces as well as Llagas Creek cast points and frog. Following Denver and Rio Grande Western narrow gauge practices based on photographs taken in and around Durango Colorado, we are preparing the switch to function by hand from a brass switch stand. In our next show on track laying, we will look at ways to set up the switch stands and build linkages.
We are currently laying track in the indoor switching yard, much of our garden railroad is indoor but plans call for the bulk of it to be outside in the garden.
The indoor sections are all hand laid on nickel silver code 250 and code 210 often on white metal tie plates. As of now, the plans call for using commercially available prefab track outside.