On30 Turnout Kitbash

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As requested, here is a step-by-step pictorial of how I convert Atlas HO code 83 turnouts to On30.

I went this route for two reasons.

One - The Peco On30 track is lovely, but I wanted code 83 rail, not code 100.

Two - I had loads of code 83 track and turnouts, and being a cheap fella, wanted to use that up. :p

So, off we go. Here are what I started with; rather than laboriously identify each item, I'll just include what I used in the picture.
 

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I flipped the turnout upside-down, and applied "Pliobond" glue to the bottom of the rails, being very careful not to glue the moving rails. (Points? Slidey-things??):confused:
 

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Back over goes the turnout, and ties are placed underneath. The Pliobond holds them in place, although not too well, but enough to start spiking.
 

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Now it's time to start spiking. I use a small pair of pliers, although I've heard of spiking tools. (?) While spiking, it's important to keep the rails in gauge. I use the NMRA standards gauge, and for funsies, run a wheelset along the rail.
 

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Sorry 'bout that. :D Now, the frog has been trimmed, and I do not try to file the bottom of the frog down to the level of the rail; rather, I notch the ties under it. Here they are, all fitted in, ready for spiking.
 

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Following Up...

Thanks so much for all the kind words, folks!

Catt - Go right ahead. I'd be honoured. :eek:ops:

Shaygetz - That would be some careful work in HOn30. Beyond my fine-motor skills, I suspect! :D

RailRon - I intend to have a manual under-the-table system involving an inexpensive slide-switch. Will post on this soon.

Narrowsteam - Here is a link to the thread I posted when looking for switch stands.

http://www.the-gauge.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4377&highlight=switch+stand


I have put down some ballast, and here is the result. Next is to scenic around the turnout, paint the rail, and touch up with a little stain here and there.
 

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