N Scale Trackwork Display

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For the Train Show in Detroit last month I mounted some of the Bronx Terminal trackwork to a laser engraved plywood sheet. I did this to keep it from getting damaged, its pretty fragile. I expected it may be handled and this would protect it and also provide a bit of a display.

All the ties are etched into the board, this helps to make the trackwork look a bit more complete. I also painted the trackwork with a simple black paint to add a bit of contrast.

This is the N scale code 40 version of the triple lapped turnout.

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I also made one with both the N scale and HO scale quad diamond mounted onto plywood with the ties engraved.

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N scale code 40 at the front of the image, HO scale code 70 near the top.

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I cut some frog isolation gaps in the N scale crossing shown above just to make sure it could actually be done.  This was done using a jewelers saw while holding the trackwork in a vise. The technique works well, but after a few gaps the trackwork was starting to get a bit weak so I decided to hold off until I am ready to install in place.  I may actually mount the trackwork onto a thin plywood roadbed after the wood ties have been attached and cut through the rail and the roadbed at the same time, this will provide extra support for this delicate operation.

I know, I know, its the same stuff that has been on the site for the last few months and I apologize for that. This summer my time has been quite stretched and hasn’t allowed for any down time. With the building almost complete, we should be moving into it shortly and that should free up some much needed space and time for me to get back to another section of the terminal!


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 | 08-14-2007 | 08:08 PM
Posted in: 2007 NMRA Train Show - Detroit | Latest Posts | N Scale Version


  1. Thank God the summer is ending so you might be forced back into the train room. I had become used to seeing the quick addition of track work and have missed it all summer. Looking forward to whats next……

    Comment by Chris Peterson — September 5, 2007 @ 11:21 am
  2. Tim,

    Are you going to make the fixtures that you have developed for the Bronx Terminal available as part of the FastTracks product line?


    Comment by Gary Gealy — September 22, 2007 @ 1:19 pm
  3. Sorry for asking stupid things but on picture:


    what is the purpose of the top left second turnout? If set to right the turnout will lead to stub ending at the side of the bottom left turnout. If this is a “catch point” (or similar) the rolling stock will still hit the trains moving from left to right (or vice versa). I must be missing something obvious here…


    Comment by PSi — November 17, 2009 @ 8:20 am
  4. … and have now learned:


    Sorry for wasting bandwith


    Comment by PSi — November 19, 2009 @ 6:11 am

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