Switch Plans

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by felliott, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. felliott

    felliott New Member

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    I am working in 83 guage HO....Like to make my own switches. Anyone
    have a source for scale plans that I can use for turnouts? F Elliott
  2. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

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    Try Fasttracks. They make turnout jigs for building your own turnouts
  3. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

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  4. TrainClown

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    Hi there. I am currently working on a switching yard to hone my hand laying track skills. It's best to make a test piece before attempting the layout so you can make mistakes and learn.

    Here is a link to what I am doing.


    It's not so hard. You don't need any fancy kits designed to take your money. Just study all the stuff you can, make your own jigs for shaping the frogs, and your away. Besides, if you buy a jig, then all your turnouts will have to be exactly the same. The real nice thing about making your own is you can fit the turnout to the track plan and build what you need. Instead of making the track plan fit the switch you can make. So you can make curved turnouts, snap switches, 3 way turnouts and with practice you can make diamonds any shape you need.

    Here are more threads I collected and you should read.

    http://www.the-gauge.com/thread6434-does-anyone-hand-lay-track.html

    http://www.the-gauge.com/thread11466-hand-laying-my-track.html

    http://www.the-gauge.com/thread2531-handlaying-track-and-turnouts.html

    http://www.the-gauge.com/thread6501-hand-laid-track-part-ii.html

    http://members.shaw.ca/sask.rail/construction/lsbuild/lstrack.html

    Have yourself a good read. You will find out it's not that hard. And Cheap too! Go slow at first and it will get easyer. My first one took me a week. Last one only took me 2 evenings and I'm still getting faster with practice.

    Take note of how I lay out my track design for learning.

    TrainClown [​IMG]
  5. farmer ron

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    Been hand laying my own track for years and now make my own switches. As T C says learn all you can and go slow. Be prepared to use the first five or so that you make as learning ones only. Don't get mad if they don't work, look at them to determine what errors that you made, make notes and correct the error for the next one. Train Clown gave you some good materials and advise.. not all too difficult, all you require is patience.. Ron..