Ballasting for Realism
Step 1. Spread the glue thin then spear the ties with an exacto #11 blade. Place the tie in position and hold it down with your other finger.  Step 2. Pull the exacto from the tie and press the tie in the glue. Be sure to leave space in the wood ties where the PC ties are on the turnout. 
Step 3. After the glue has dried, lightly sand the tops of the ties to be sure their tops are even.  Step 4. Now spike the turnout in place. Spike on both sides of the rail at five different positions. 
Step 5. Ok so far?
Now trim the ends of the longer wood ties to line up with the PC tie lengths.
The finished turnout with rail and ties is now ready for a little paint and touch-up 
Add some ballast and you have an excellent looking ... flawlessly performing turnout


An Alternate Tie Method

Turn the turnout
upside down and glue the ties
to the bottom.
We use Barges glue
since it just gets tougher with age.
It is like plio-bond.
Put a bead of glue on each stock rail
about half way. Then put the ties on.
Then glue the rest of the stock rails
and the back of the frog and wing rails
Position the ties to one side
or the other and they are
easier to trim off later.

Once the glue has dried
then trim the ties to length.


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-Stephen Hatch

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