Hand-Laying Track

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 You need:
spikes? 
pine board 1x4? 
real small needle nose pliers? 
wood ties? 
wood glue? 
track gauges?
rail? 
rail joiners? 
rail cutters?
6 inch mill file?
(micro engineering ... smallest they make)
(local lumber store ... no homasote... no cork)
(radio shack has em)
(need a bag of regular and turnout[long])
(yellow glue [alaphatic resin] ... hardware store)
(we have them here - Rollee Holders)
(code 55 for HO - HOn3 is 75 lb. rail fits all flanges)
(micro engineering ... hobby shop)
(flush cutters at radio shack ... or PBL or Zuron)
( regular file ... at hardware store)

1. one foot by 4 inch board (pine or homosote) to work on (make a fixture)
2. some code 55 rail (1 piece)
3. 3 track gauges (4 preferred)
4. needle nose pliers (short-small ones) (radio shack)
5. pc board ties (if you want the turnout portable) (build at bench-install at rr.)
....(pc ties are highly recommended....they hold gauge almost forever)
....(you only need 4 ties.... let me know if you need them)
6. One large mill file (10 inch is good)
....(mill file- the cuts only go one way not both ways as a [bastard file])
7. some pins (sewing pins)
8. paper and pencil
9. Bridgeport Mill (<-- just kidding)
10. Soldering iron (30 watt radio shack ... not a gun)
11. Rosin core solder
12. some spikes (optional)
......you can make your own if you have some .015 (15 thousandths) steel wire
......(K&S rack at the hobby shop)
......(always cool to tell everyone you not only hand-lay BUT you make your own spikes)
13. A 4 inch vise mounted to your work bench. We can work around this but it is
......very important if you're going to make several turnouts.
14. An NMRA Hon3 gauge to make it all work.

I think that's all .... as I do the steps I might add something but this will get everybody started.
Any questions? hatch@railwayeng.com
-Steve Hatch

Step 0 Important please read

Step 1 Day one cutting the parts for the HOn3 code55 #6 turnout.
            Day One instructions

Step 2 Assembling the frog and finishing the points
            Day Two instructions

Step 3 Assembling the turnout and spiking or soldering to wood or pc ties.
            Day Three instructions

Step 4 Attaching the gaurd rails and the throw-bar and accu-gauging with the NMRA gauge
... Also deciding on regular or DCC gapping for the turnout.
            Day Four instructions

Step 5 Glueing down the ties and installing the turnout on the RR.
            Day Five instructions


Additional General handlaying INFORMATION...... an overall description of non turnout track.

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