I received an interesting email from Jerry Kitts, Foothill Model Works owner. He described his approach of preparing his roadbed for rail. Jerry uses Dr. Martin’s concentrated water color to stain the ties. I like the effect he has achieved.
Another point that I will mention. Several modelers have discovered a really great scale rail that was drawn in England and sold by Karlgarin Models. They offer several size but the Code 82 rail is the one that caught my eye. It has an extremely accurate cross-section. The rail head is wider than the typical Code 83 sold here. The rail base was also wider. Code 82 rail represents 56 pound rail. In the world of standard gauge, it seems like very light iron. Surprisingly, it lasted well into the diesel era on sidings, industrial spurs and yards. Rick Leach showed me a picture of a Northern Pacific GP-9 sitting on 56 pound rail.
It turns out that you can find a few track details that will work with the Karlgarin rail. Weisman Model Services offers a tie plate that was sized for Model Engineering Code 100 but it is a perfect fit for the Code 82 base.
Foothill Model Works is selling a Code 83 joint bar that fits the Karlgarin rail perfectly.
The above picture shows the sharp edge of the Code 82 rail. My guess is that this light rail was delivered in 30′ lengths. Tie spacing would need to be adjusted. I have a spur that will get the rail shortly. I am interesting to see the effect. BTW, Jerry used this rail in the lead shot.