Aug 142013
 

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″ x 16″ section was made from a piece of scrap melamine and is supported by a steel angle bracket. I found some Micro Carbide CNC drill bits on ebay that work great with the Dremel. They have an 1/8″ shank. I bought a set of 50 bits, 5 each of size #72 through #83. I plan to start using the set up immediately to drill holes in the points and throw bars.

Turnout Progress

I started this #10 turnout in May, but it’s been dormant mostly all summer. I started it using Proto:87 Stores Switch-Works tie plate jig, then substituted heavy weight tie plates for the standard plates and made some adjustments to the types of tie plates around the points, frog, and guard rails. I’m adding adjustable rail braces.

Jul 012013
 

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.

Switch-Works Points

Switch-Works Points

Jun 052013
 

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 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

Guard Rail Check Gauge

Guard Rail Check Gauge

May 202013
 
Build The "Ultimate" Turnout

Build the "Ultimate" Turnout - Presented 5/18/2013 at 4D PNR NMRA Spring Meet

 

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, & Daniel Segner for setting up the video, slide machines & computers (You guys are Awesome!) %

If you have questions contact me: greg@gregamer.com

“Ultimate” Turnout Clinic.pdf

 

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

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