Test fitting turnouts to what will be the west end of Santiago Yard.  Turnout nearest you is the main track turnout fitted with a spring frog, to be installed when this yard is laid in place for good.  All are CN No. 7 built using the aluminum template that I’d described earlier.  They still need throw rods.  See below….

Slowly, I’ve been building up a stock of CN No. 7 turnouts for the layout.  Santiago Yard needs seven–one left and right with spring frogs for the main track turnouts to the yard, and two each left and right for the turnouts to No. 1/2/3 Siding.  The seventh is off the main track between the turnouts to the yard, and is the switch to downtown Lindsay east of the river.  This turnout is shown in my photos from 1983 below.  All other tracks in Santiago Yard were removed in the fall of 1964.–

Looking east and west at the switch to downtown Lindsay, 1983.  The flat vacant area to the south where Santiago’s yard tracks were until 1964 was still visible.   


Spring frog follows CN practice for 100-pound rail, modelled here in Code 70 rail in HO scale. I’ve developed a method for making these work, which I’ll explain later.

I’m experimenting with thin throw rods, following CN practice.  These are close to scale width, using Fast Tracks’ Z scale PC board ties.  I read an article on Trevor Marshall’s blog showing how he built these, expanded on in the October Railroad Model Craftsman.  My technique is almost identical to Trevor’s.


Shown here in a Code 55 CN no. 7 turnout, two Fast Tracks Z scale PC board ties are used for the throw rods.  The throw rod in between the headblock ties is reinforced by a piece of Code 100 rail filed down; with the amount of work required to make this, I’ll follow Trevor’s lead and just use a piece of 1/8″ wide stock in future.  A hole is drilled in that reinforcing piece for the vertical switch rod from the switch machine or hand throw.

I’m still building turnouts.  I’ve a stock of no. 7 and no. 6 frogs, etc. that I’d prepared almost two decades ago that are now being built into turnouts.  Ill probably stop when I’ve built them all up so that I’ve a stock of turnouts ready to install.

It’s amazing what I can get done if I stay off the internet!


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