Follow The Build: Scratchbuilt Crossing, Part 6

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In the final episode of this build, I fitted the approach tracks for each quadrant of the crossing. In each quadrant, one rail uses a standard rail joint and the other extends to, but does not quite meet, the frog.

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After test fitting, I glue the track down with my usual technique using clear caulking. I also filled the crack around the crossing base so it doesn't become a "black hole" for ground cover later. The photo below shows the last of the four quadrants being glued down.

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The next big test would be to apply power... would there be any shorts? I flipped the switch, and no unexpected chirps from my Digitrax command station. Success!

The next test would be to see how well locomotives would navigate the crossing. I didn't waste time and went straight to steam. I put a Broadway Limited Imports PRR class H10s 2-8-0 consolidation on the rails. To my surprise, it not only passed non-stop through the crossing, but was able to do so at a creeping speed!

The project is complete, with thanks going out again to Dave Trone for the instruction on how to scratch build track. May need a new customer on the layout -- Trone's Frog & Switch!

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