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 Stores was kind enough to lend us some of the Switch-Works tools and provide us with kits for a clinic on how to build the “Ultimate Turnout”.  As a special thanks to Andy I wanted to put out some videos to help promote Proto:87 Stores products.

Find more help building the Switch-Works “Ultimate” turnout visit http://www.proto87.com/handlaid-turnout-reference-manual.html

 

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 us some of the Switch-Works tools and provide us with kits for a clinic on how to build the “Ultimate Turnout”. As a special thanks to Andy I wanted to put out some videos to help promote Proto:87 Stores products.

Find more help building the Switch-Works “Ultimate” turnout throw bars at http://www.proto87.com/throw-bars.html

 

 

This video shows how to use the Switch-Works to lay tie plates. 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 of the Switch-Works tools and provide us with kits for a clinic on how to build the “Ultimate Turnout”. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be doing some clinic preparation and as a special thanks to Andy I wanted to put out some videos to help promote Proto:87 Stores products.

Find out more about building the “Ultimate” turnout with Switch-Works at http://www.proto87.com/handlaid-turnout-reference-manual.html

For Printable Turnout Templates visit
http://www.proto87.com/handlaid_track_templates.html

Laying Tie Plates

Laying Tie Plates

 

This video focuses on the etched metal tie plates that come with the “Ultimate” turnout kits. It explains what the tie plates are and how to cut them.. 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 of the Switch-Works tools and provide us with kits for a clinic on how to build the “Ultimate Turnout”. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be doing some clinic preparation and as a special thanks to Andy I wanted to put out some videos to help promote Proto:87 Stores products.

Find out more about building the “Ultimate” turnout with Switch-Works at http://www.proto87.com/handlaid-turnout-reference-manual.html

 

 

 

This video shows how to use the Switch-Works tie jig to layout ties for a #6 “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 of the Switch-Works tools and provide us with kits for a clinic on how to build the “Ultimate Turnout”. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be doing some clinic preparation and as a special thanks to Andy I wanted to put out some videos to help promote Proto:87 Stores products.

Find out more about building the “Ultimate” turnout with Switch-Works at http://www.proto87.com/handlaid-turnout-reference-manual.html

 

Laying Ties

Laying Ties

 

This video introduces what the Switch-Works System is and what you get with the “Ultimate” turnout kit. 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 of the Switch-Works tools and provide us with kits for a clinic on how to build the “Ultimate Turnout”. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be doing some clinic preparation and as a special thanks to Andy I wanted to put out some videos to help promote Proto:87 Stores products.

Find out more about Switch-Works at http://www.proto87.com/fast-turnout-track-fixtures.html

 

Switch-Works Components

Switch-Works Components

 

This video instructs how to assemble the Proto:87 Stores Switch-Works Pro Base. Switch-Works is a set of jigs for assembling “Museum Standard” track featuring wooden ties, metal tie plates, etched frogs and machined points. The Swith-Works Pro Base provides a flat and rigid magnetic clamping surface that is used to hold the track pieces you are working on.

As part of the 4th Div. PNR NMRA Spring MeetAndy Reichert’s Proto:87 Stores was kind enough to lend us some of the Switch-Works tools and provide us with kits for a clinic on how to build the “Ultimate Turnout”.  Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be doing some clinic preparation and as a special thanks to Andy I wanted to put out some videos to help promote Proto:87 Stores products.

Additional asembly instructions available at http://www.proto87.com/building-switch-works.html.

Assembling Switch-Works Base

Assembling Switch-Works Base

Apr 182013
 

I’m using Proto:87 Stores Near HO Scale Spikes. These spikes are much smaller than even the Micro Engineering micro spikes with a head that is not so obtrusive. They are just short enough to not extend beyond the bottom of a full thickness tie, which makes it easy to spike the rails at the bench. And even though my track is actually glued down with barge cement, the spikes give a little extra hold and a big extra detail.

A standard fret has 250 spikes and I find it easiest to remove them from the fret as you spike each tie, as opposed to stripping the fret and picking the spikes from a pile. I use some Tamaya Mini Bending Pliers or some small forceps to start the spike into a tie plate, then usually drive it in with a small flat tip screw driver. The spikes are very rigid and do not bend easily. Proto:87 Stores lists them as stainless steel, but they are magnetic, so I’m not so sure. It’s pretty much essential to use an Optivisor or other magnification.

 


I spent about thirty minutes spiking one stock rail of a #10 turnout.

 

I want to thank Andy Reichert of Proto:87 Stores for his generous offer to help sponsor the Switch-Works “Ultimate Turnout” Clinic. Andy is lending us a pair of Switch-Works turnout building fixtures and supplying us with kits to build ten “Ultimate” turnouts. There will HO Scale kits in code 55,70,&83, with an assortment of frogs (bolted rail,rail bound manganese and self guarded).

The clinic is 1 hour long. Registered attendees will have a chance to build a turnout. Since supplies are limited in addition to registering for the meet, please pre-register for this clinic by emailing me (greg@gregamer.com) to reserve a turnout for you to work on. If you are building a turnout, bring some rail nippers, an HO track gauge, a file and a small pair of tweezers.

Don’t worry if you’ve never built a turnout before, if you can glue things in to a template, you can build these great looking turnouts. I look forward to seeing you there.

More about the Spring Meet.

4th Division Pacific Northwest Division NMRA Spring Meet 2013

Apr 062013
 

It’s hard to keep plugging away and not have any operable results. I’m trying to build my own turnouts, but haven’t been able to get them to work. I have an interim solution. I’ve ordered a handful of #8 turnouts and will be ordering a handful of Proto:87 frogs, so I can have a layout to run while I make the slow progress on building my turnouts.

I’m hoping this will also help move me forward with the other tasks I need to do to make my layout. Tasks like buildings, weathering, backdrops. It will also allow me to get the SIG Runaround track installed and ballasted and probably the SIG 1 Intermodal track.

Of course, It’s kind of a gamble using #8 turnouts as stand-ins until I get my #10 turnouts built and operational, but I’ll just have to take that in to consideration as I progress.

This will also allow me to actually test out my Proto:87 equipment on more than just a straight flat track.

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