Short Hinged Switch Points Video

After Hours Video Series

When building complex trackwork, such as the triple lapped turnout shown in this video, it is usually necessary to make hinged switch points as opposed to the easier to build solid switch points. Solid switch points rely on flexing the rail between the throwbar and a PC board tie far enough away to permit easy motion of the points. With limited space this isn’t always possible.

I have developed a technique using rail joiners to act as hinges, and soldering spikes to the switch points that are inserted into the throwbar to provide a pivot.

This HD video shows the process of installing this type of hinged switch point onto the float bridge lead of the CNJ Bronx Terminal.

This is another in our After Hours Video Series, hosted on our Fast Tracks YouTube channel.

Watching it in HD is well worth the extra download time….



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 | 04-22-2009 | 09:04 AM
Posted in: After Hours Video Series | Latest Posts | Track Construction | Video

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