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 is 55lb. code 70 is 75lb rail ... in S scale)
(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 0r 70 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 [bastardfile])
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 makeyour own spikes)
13. A 4 inch vise mounted to your work bench. We can work aroundthis but it is
......very important if you're going to make several turnouts.
14. An NMRA Sn3 gauge to make it all work.

I think that's all .... as I do the steps I might add something butthis 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 Sn3 code 70 #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 woodor 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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