I’ve always considered myself to be an Internet pioneer. I built my first website some 20 years ago. I registered my first domain in 1995 and came up with the brilliant idea of registering my own name as a domain some 15 years ago. I took the time to learn and implement CGI, PERL, HTML, [...]

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Peco Proto:87 Conversion (or Diversion)

  A long time ago, I purchased a stash of Peco #8 turnouts, just in case I got fed up with trying to make my own. But abandoning this Proto:87 venture would lead me right back to why I diverged onto the Proto:87 course anyway: Peco frogs don’t look like frogs (see post - Frog Frenzy). [...]

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Another Turnout And I'm Still Learning

What little time I had this summer for model railroading was pretty much devoted to making another Proto:87 Stores #10 “Ultimate” Turnout. This time I decided to heavily modify it from the original. These are some of the modifications and the lessons I learned along the way. I substituted Heavy Duty tie plates for the standard [...]

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Aug 152013
 
Throw Bar Throw Down

— Shimming Proto:87 Stores “Ultimate” Throw Bars I’m continuing to build Proto:87 Stores “Ultimate” turnouts. One feature I’ve complained about before is holding the points snugly against the stock rails (see: Getting to the Point). With a bit of filing and shimming I’ve been able to make the “Ultimate” throw bars work, but they are hard to throw and they [...]

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Aug 142013
 
Summer Spurt 2013

It’s been a real slow summer. No time for trains. Kids summer camp brought me a couple of hours of free time to take on a couple of projects. Work Bench Add On and Dremel Workstation I added a small section to my workbench. The new section is for my new Dremel Workstation. The 12″ [...]

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Jul 012013
 
Switch-Works Points

This video shows how to install points for the Switch-Works “Ultimate” turnout. Switch-Works is a set of jigs for assembling “Museum Standard” track featuring wooden ties, metal tie plates, etched frogs and machined points.

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Jun 052013
 
Switch-Works Guard Rails

This video shows how to lay guard rails for the Switch-Works “Ultimate” turnout. Switch-Works is a set of jigs for assembling “Museum Standard” track featuring wooden ties, metal tie plates, etched frogs and machined points. As part of the 4th Div. PNR NMRA Spring Meet, Andy Reichert’s Proto:87 Stores was kind enough to lend us some [...]

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May 202013
 
"Ultimate" Turnout Clinic

  Thank you to everyone that attended Build the “Ultimate” Turnout Clinic. As promised, I’ve posted an abbreviated version of my presentation (without the About Me slides http://www.gregamer.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Ultimate-Turnout-Clinic-Abbreviated.pdf I’ve posted a video series about building the “Ultimate” Turnout on YouTube. You can watch the videos at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCebMLhnW-VaA2k6IhlsOSK9UdzC4oN_z % Special Thanks to Doug Bulger, Al Lowe, [...]

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May 172013
 

This video shows how to lay stock rails, frog rails, closure rails and the frog for the Switch-Works “Ultimate” turnout. Switch-Works is a set of jigs for assembling “Museum Standard” track featuring wooden ties, metal tie plates, etched frogs and machined points. As part of the 4th Div. PNR NMRA Spring Meet, Andy Reichert’s Proto:87 [...]

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May 172013
 

This video shows how to build the throw bars for the Switch-Works “Ultimate” turnout. Switch-Works is a set of jigs for assembling “Museum Standard” track featuring wooden ties, metal tie plates, etched frogs and machined points. As part of the 4th Div. PNR NMRA Spring Meet, Andy Reichert’s Proto:87 Stores was kind enough to lend [...]

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