Follow The Build: Scratchbuilt Crossing, Part 4

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In my last blog on the subject, I demonstrated the process of gluing the ties to the template. In this entry, we affix the four rail assemblies to the ties. Be reminded that we left all of the rails "running long". During this process they will be tr...
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Follow The Build: Scratchbuilt Crossing, Part 3

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With our four rail segments assembled, we set them aside and begin work on the ties, starting at the center and working outward. The ties are cut from 36" lengths of strip wood purchased at the local hobby shop, which were painted ahead of time with ...
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Follow The Build: Scratchbuilt Crossing, Part 2

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Picking up where we left last time, this session we create the acute angles of the crossing. We start by taking a pair of rails and, on a grinding wheel, shaping the ends so they make a clean, solid connection while fitting the angle on our template....
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Follow The Build: Scratchbuilt Crossing, Part 1

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The Milroy switching area on the PRR Middle Division in HO Scale required a custom crossing connected to a pair of opposing #6 turnouts. An acute angle was required and the desired trackwork included a slight curvature. The NMRA Achievement Program f...
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