East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

August 2020

Track revisions - turnouts

The Demo Crew left the track work on the layout full of gaps.

200318_04

Two of the gaps were to accommodate the Fast Tracks turnouts I had built for the new Shop Track. As is typical for Demo Crews, they were not particularly careful about how much track they ripped out.

200318_06

I placed the new turnouts as precisely as I could and held them in position with map tacks. Rails were trimmed to length and everything was marked up.


200323_11

The Fast Tracks jig I used to build the curved turnouts is actually for HO standard gauge. By now Fast Tracks probably produces On30 curved turnout jigs, but I worked with what I had. I brought the turnouts back to the bench and replaced the HO standard gauge crossties with On30 ties everywhere but under the frog and guardrails.

200325_27

The turnouts were then moved to my trusty old piano jig so I could cut the new wooden On30 ties needed for the install. Even though the turnouts are curved, I was still able to use the jig for tie length and spacing.

200325_28

The strings of ties were pulled out of the jig and glued on the roadbed per my earlier turnout test placement.

200326_30

Turnouts were placed on the ties to verify placement again.