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I think I’ve known for a couple of months, but I didn’t want to admit it. Proto:87 isn’t going to…

More obvious: This wheel isn't touching the track.

Hard Times for Hand Laying

Hard Times for Hand Laying I’ve hand laid a 3′ section around a 24″ radius corner. There are some minor…

P87 Stores cosmetic tie plates are too small for code 70 rail

Tie Plate News

. Cosmetic Tie Plates I received the Proto 87 Stores cosmetic tie plates this afternoon. I was hoping to use…

Tie plates spiked to rail

Sleight of Hand

A break from building turnouts I decided to try something more relaxing: hand laying track. Why did I think this…

Staining Wood Ties

Finishing & Staining Wood Ties – Video

Finishing & Staining Wood Ties I’ve already glued my ties to the roadbed. I used Kappler 8′ 6″ wood cross…

Siting the Frog

Turnout Burnout

I have to admit I’m getting tired of trying to build the perfect turnout. Am I too focused on perfection?…

Humbrol #98 applied to the ties on the left

Tie Coloring – Humbrol #98

I’ve tried a new two step method to staining my ties. Paint the ties with Humbrol #98 Enamel Paint. It’s…

Template - Start laying ties

Templates Have Instructions Too

  I’ve been wanting to try making a turnout without using the Proto:87 Stores Switch-Works Ultimate Turnout jigs. I’ve seen many…

From Pioneer to Legacy

I’ve always considered myself to be an Internet pioneer. I built my first website some 20 years ago. I registered…

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…