If you are in HO:...Consider building your turnouts like the prototype
railroads are doing these days.
That is continous rails from the frog all the way to the points.
Electrical problems are resolved by cutting the rails BEHIND the frog.
I use printed circuit board without the copper foil on it. Bare phoenal
board. Radio Shack carries it. Some Shack stores even have it cut into
tie widths. You'll need a long piece. Wants to stick out on both sides of
switch to give support.
I hard solder small tabs to underside of each point. the tab should stick
out on both sides of point. One side will slip under stock rail for much
better contact and other (inner) side will be drilled for an oo-90***
that will also go through the tie strip. Use a double jam nut on the
***because a small amount of looseness is needed. Be sure to use the
NMRA Standard Track Gage between the point and stock rail to give the
right clearance for the wheel to pass without touching the open point.
Also be very sure the Standards gage is used between the guard rail and
stock rail to keep the wheels on the correct rail.
Hard solder is slightly higher melting point temp solder than "normal". A
good hardware store of a well stocked hobby shop or Walthers Catalog will
carry this higher melting temp solder.
What I have described is not quick, but good craftsmanship never is. I
suggest you make a jig on a piece of wood with small nails to align the
parts of the rails. Make one for #6 and #8. Also consider making one for
curved turnouts. I saw some # 20 curved ones. They really looked slick.
Kalmbach has published several very good books on track laying. Well
worth the small amount of money. ($5-$10 range)
Regards....................Rick Shoup, MMR