Thought I’d document this separately to my main build log – easier to search etc.
I’ve got two curves on a 1% grade that I want to put a crossover into. Custom build territory… The tracks aren’t down yet but I have the roadbed in place. First step was to install some temporary track, and bent up a crossover track to match. Took a bit of fiddling to get a smooth curve, joining the outer curve smoothly made me shift the frog about 8” further away than I first thought it would be.
I traced out the parallel rail heads first. The paper is A3 sheets taped together.
Then I removed them and installed the crossover track, and traced it too.
The whole shebang ended up at 2.5m, just over 8’ long. I moved it to the workbench, had to laugh when it was too big to actually fit. I thought momentarily about requesting permission for more bench space from the Authority but self-preservation kicked in.
Next step is to get some rail shaped up to fit. Not sure whether to cut the tracing in two or just work with it in one piece, second option seems safer (as it everything ‘should’ line up), but might be more of a pita to manage.
More to come.