Bronx Build – Part 2

Engine House Lead

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With the uber-complex triple turnout complete, I move onto the next section of trackwork, the two curved turnouts leading into the engine house. From these turnouts the engine crawled (literally) over other turnouts into the engine house by means of temporary rails placed on top of the trackwork.

I will attempt to model this feature using a small piece of larger rail notched out to fit in place, but have not yet tried to see if this will work. If I can’t get it to work I will simply leave it off.

While it isn’t as cool as the first piece, it isn’t without its charm. The first turnout is both straight and curved in that it starts to curve after the switch points. The second turnout is a curved wye, and is about a #2 with the right hand route ending where the removable rails would be placed to cross over the other trackwork.


These are some tight curves! About 14 1/2″. The equipment that was run here, and that I will be using will all be able to handle these.




Since the closure rails are so short on a turnout as small as these I will likely cut them off and hinge them when I install the trackwork in place, but for now I have them soldered to the throwbars.

This section was joined onto the first piece with rail joiners to keep everything aligned.

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About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 03-15-2007 | 07:03 PM
Posted in: Latest Posts | Track Construction


  1. All I can say is ‘Oh my god!’ Way cool track work. I hope you plan to put up a vid or two once the track is running.

    – Steve
    Visit Coxy’s N Scale and Railroad Blog. Handlaying and other fun stuff in N Scale!

    Comment by Steve Cox — March 7, 2007 @ 8:15 pm
  2. Tim,

    the finest what ever have seen. Wish you really good success for next steps.

    Comment by Bernhard — April 6, 2007 @ 12:02 pm
  3. I can’t believe what I am seeing. A true master.

    Comment by Claude — May 24, 2007 @ 4:19 pm
  4. Very nice work Tim. I have one of your jigs and I lov it. I make code 40 #6 switches in N scale with it.

    Comment by Walt Huston — March 2, 2008 @ 7:53 pm
  5. I picked up the url from Railroad-line (I am a member) –
    I have to say that I have never in my life seen such trackwork! You are a true craftsman in every sence of the word. Keep up the good work & thanks for sharing.

    All the best,


    Comment by "Geezer" Andersen — December 2, 2008 @ 2:24 pm
  6. Tim,
    I am not an English Major nor poetic enough to properly describe this achievement.This is so facinating ,A fabulous project executed to perfection ! ! ! ! ! There is no award that is equal to this accomplishment. I Salute you. Thanks so very much for sharing ,and persevering.

    Comment by Mark — September 19, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

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