Re: [z_scale] Turnout design
- Hi all:
> Maybe you should try to come up with a "live frog" design,To those trying to save us from Marklin turnouts:
I hate to mention my past life in that "larger" scale, but N scale turnouts
have in fact become pretty good in the last few years. Before re-inventing
success though a lot of trial and error, it might be worthwhile to stop by a
hobby shop and open up a few boxes of N turnouts and see what really works
there. And I don't mean Atlas. Yes, a live frog design may be more
difficult electrically to wire up, but gee, they work. And yes, you may have
to use some styrene 0.010 shim stock on the guard rails to finish the turnout
when you get home. But most of the nasty design stuff is done for you.
The other option is to visit Garth's turf....on the Nn3 websites and lists.
Those folks have identified and produced some really nice turnouts with
simple bent/filed rail stock and PC ties. No hinged rail points. Live
frogs. Even jigs. Again, all the years of work that has gone into their
turnouts should not be ignored.
Unless you have a LOT of spare time.
Keep in mind, once you build the perfect turnout, you will find that you will
have to fix the gauge of all your wheels on your train in order to use it. A
good part of the problem is not just the turnout, its the wheel gauge, too.
Mass production only gets them somewhere between N (1:160) scale and Ty
(1:400) scale spacing. But "close" only counts in horseshoes and hand
And if any of the plastic and/or etched brass after-market manufacturers are
listening, we CERTAINLY NEED a rerailer in Z scale that looks like a grade
Just some idle thoughts.