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This page outlines the method I use to install the turnouts on the railway. All my turnouts are bench built over the 3rd Planit plan as I've described before. Fig 1 shows the turnout in location on the railway and I begin by penciling around the PC ties to mark the location. Fig 2 shows the turnout moved to the tie spacing jig and Fig 3 shows the wooden ties inserted in the jig around the PC ties. Fig 4 shows the ties trimmed to length and Fig 5 shows them ready to be moved to the railway with a piece of masking tape. Fig 6 shows the wooden ties glued and weighted down in location on the railway.

    The wooden ties are then sanded to a common level .015" higher than the PC ties and Fig 7 shows the .015 x .060 strip styrene shims CA cemented to the bottom of the PC ties on the turnout to take up this gap. This is done so the PC throw tie can hang from the point rails and not drag on the roadbed. Figs 8 and 9 show the turnout dry fitted in location. Holes for the throw bars are drilled at this point through the roadbed. Fig 10 shows a gaggle of throw ties. Figs 11 and 12 show the turnout linkage installed under the roadbed. The throw rods are passing through the roadbed.

    Fig 13 shows the PC throw tie in position on the throw rod. Fig 14 shows the turnout CA cemented in place and setting. Figs 15, 16 and 17 show the point rails being soldered to the throw tie while .015" shims hold the throw tie at the correct height. Fig 18 shows the soldering complete, the shims removed and the throw rod ground down the correct height and the gap cut in the throw tie to isolate the rails.  

    This turnout installation is complete and once power is connected it's ready to receive traffic.

Installing Turnouts
Fig 1