Hi, all, I'm planning on handlaying turnouts on an extension to my
current layout. This is a big adventure, because I've never been able
to handlay turnouts reliably.
I'd like to build hinged point turnouts. On these, the points are
screwed or riveted to the throwbar and hinged at the opposite end with
a loose rail joiner. (This is very similar to how Atlas makes its
turnouts.) With such an approach, the points are mechanically more
reliable, and need no special wiring or switches to direct power to
(The other common method is to solder the points to a piece of brass
or PC board material. The drawbacks of this approach is that the
solder joints can fail and that it's more difficult to make sure the
bending portion of the points keeps in gauge. Also, soldering the points
to a solid piece of metal means you *must* have some sort of electrical switch
to provide power for the points and frog.)
The various articles in model railroad magazines suggest many ways
for attaching the points to the throwbar:
1) anneal a common pin, cut it short, insert it through the throwbar and
points, then peen the end so it becomes a rivet.
2) Use 00-90 screws to attach the points to the throwbar.
3) Use small rivets.
I haven't been able to get the pin method to work, probably because
steel pins are much harder now than when the article was written
(1950's). I'm planning to try to attach screws to a piece of .040 styrene
plastic or PC board material.
Can anyone suggest any other throwbar materials or or methods for attaching
the points so I can make some hinged point turnouts?