this time I brought my camera We had a operating session @ the club today. W went, but didn't run trains. Dave believes in switchlists, and it is too much like work, so I'm pleased to work on the sawmill track , so that once the sawmill is in we can work on setting up some J. H. Patterson Coal and Lumber Company operations with tab on car. This time though I took my camera. so Here is the visuals for the next step in the hand laying switches tutorial. It all starts with the stock rail. this is the rail that the points set against, and the outside rail as the routes diverge. Before I start the stock rail I set it in place and mark it where I want to file out the spot the point sets into. recently I have made the notch extend a little past the slot I leave for the throw bar. In the first photo I take the marked rail and chuck it into a jeweler's vice I found on my mom's tool bench. I've made most of my switches without one of these, but mom had two ; I have both of them , and I don't think I'll build a switch without one . The second photo is out of sequence, showing the stock rail spiked in place. Once the switch is together working well, more spikes will be added. The third photo shows the notch filed into the stock rail before it is spiked down. the fourth photo shows the stock rail spiked in place, and I'm using the flangeway gauge on the NMRA standards gauge to draw a line that approximates the location of the rail that will go from the opposite point to the wing rail. I have more photos, and will continue the lesson later.