Making an End of Track Bumper

I needed some end of track bumpers to keep my rolling stock from leaving the sidings. There's a number of commercial products available, but they cost too much money or they take up too much room.

Kalmbach has a book "Trackwork and Lineside Detail" that provided a basis for my design.

I modified the design a bit to make it easy to build. I didn't want to cut any diagonal pieces, and I also wanted to be able to firmly anchor it to the track.

The parts list:

I used a combination of cedar and redwood, mostly because that's what I had in the scrap box.

1/2" square: two 1 1/2" long, two 3" long

1/2" x 3/8": one 3" long, one 1 1/2" long

6 Brass escutcheon pins


I started by building a template to make construction easier.

Assembly Jig

But, the first piece doesn't use the jig. I glued both of the 1/2" x 3/8" pieces together, centering the smaller piece on the larger one.


This assembly is then placed in the jig.

Assembly in jig

Next, the two 3" long pieces are glued on top of the base.

Vertical pieces in place

Then, the two 1 1/2" pieces are glued in place on the top of the vertical supports. The pencil marks on the jig help me locate them to the correct position for the horizontal pieces.

Bumper in place

The six escutcheon pins are hammered in place. I also put a dark stain on the finished product.

Finished product

I thought about putting a "metal" plate on the front, like the prototype, but decided it really didn't add that much. Cool


I drill a small hole in the base (to prevent splitting) and then screw the assembly to the track using a deck screw.

Screwed in place

Add a coat of stain and it fits right in.


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