Proto:87 #10 Turnout Project

Switch Works 1
My partially assembled P:87 #10 turnout.

I recently purchased a Switch Works #10 jig from the Proto:87 Stores as well as all the trappings to create a complete turnout. In one kit you get all the necessary pre-cut ties, photo-etch tie plates, stock rail (in numerous codes), pre-machined points and a planed rail style frog. The jig correctly positions the ties and tie-plates and the tie-plates have dummy spike heads to align the rails correctly. The frets that the tie plates come on have a bolt head pattern that can be used to make joint bars. I’ve got all the tie plates down on mine, which means it’s time to start laying rail.

 

Switch Works 2

My turnout will use code 83 rail, this one will be practice. The next few will be code 55 to match the light rail that SNCT used. Once a P:87 Manganese style frog becomes available I’ll make some more code 83 turnouts for use on the Steilacoom layout.

- Chris

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