Turnout Torture Test

Some Switch Machines Installed

I have completed the installation of some of the Tortoise switch machines. One half of the layout has them in place, including the section of track with 8 sets of switchpoints.

Until now, I have not been able to test this section of track in its entirety. With so many movable switchpoints I was unable too keep them all tight against the stock rail while I tested the trackwork with a couple cars. Now that the machines are in place, I am able to give it a good run through. Since I am able to whip the cars through at high speed, I *think* a string of cars should work well.

The trackwork is only half the equation, the cars have to have free rolling wheels and proper weight. I will work my way through all the cars I intend to use soon, adding proper weight, and free rolling metal wheels.

If all goes well, I should have the remainder of the switch machines in place this week.

I still have one more turnout to build too.

tick, tick, tick…..


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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 | 05-25-2009 | 09:05 PM
Posted in: Latest Posts | Track Construction | Video


  1. I just found this project today (and managed to go through all of the posts) and this is the coolest model railroad I have seen. I can’t wait to see it fully operational!

    Comment by Matt Newman — May 26, 2009 @ 3:22 pm
  2. You are a true railroad artist. All that I can say is WOW.I always loved the cnj and I think that what you have created is fantastic.Keep up the good work,I look foward to your next installments on the bronx terminal

    Comment by paul pietrowski — May 28, 2009 @ 4:42 pm
  3. I’ve been following the progress since the beginning, and am just totally blown away. I think several laws of model railroading have been blown away, yet it’s 100% prototypical! Love the torture test – that’s exactly how I test my trackwork. If it works at warp speed, surely it will work at ‘normal’ speed.

    Comment by Randy Rinker — May 28, 2009 @ 7:14 pm

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