Re: Bending ME Turnouts


Back in the 1960's Jack Work had an article in Model Railroader concerning building switches both straight, curved, and to any degree.  I Have used his techniques to build both HO and HOn3 turnouts and gauge separation in both Code 100 and Code 70 rail for decades.  I use standard old flex track to build everything.  They are quick, easy, and reliable.
DB MMR#@200

-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Kilby
Sent: Nov 15, 2018 9:29 PM
To: ""
Subject: Re: [HOn3] Bending ME Turnouts

Theres a very good tutorial for building turnouts on
This tutorial shows how to build frogs for any #/ratio you need frogs.Also forming points and stock rails/entire turnout

From: <> on behalf of Russ Norris <rbnorrisjr@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:05:27 PM
Subject: Re: [HOn3] Bending ME Turnouts
You're right, of course.  I participated in a hands on clinic a few years ago taught by Dick Johannes from the HUB division on building a switch from scratch -- no frog, no points, just rail and a file.  We used a printed diagram on a piece of wood, laid the track on the picture, then spiked the rail .  I still have the switch.  Once you've done a few, I imagine it gets easier.  

Russ Norris

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From: "Chris Kodani via Groups.Io" <ckodani@...>
Date: 11/15/18 8:57 PM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: Re: [HOn3] Bending ME Turnouts

From what I’ve read, in the beginnings of HO scale, there weren’t any premade switches at all, but there was flex track. All the switches had to be laid by hand at first, and later frogs became available as components. I know that the jigs that are now available from Fast Tracks must be of great help, but certainly folks must have been able to build switches without them. 

Bob, this is a great thread you started! Whatever you decide to do, please keep us updated—like a great novel , I’ve just got to see how it turns out! Chris Kodani 

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