My initial trackwork was built using Right O’ Way Code 125 rail. It is intended to represent some upgraded track that connects with a busier part of the railroad. In my case, the busier part is an off-stage connection that terminates into a fiddle yard. This will allow me to stage trains and consists arriving on the modeled portion of the line. It also allows me to get unused cars out of sight. My concept for the staging yard is changing as a result of Trevor Hodges blog called Moreprth in O-Scale. More on that topic as I start to build that portion of the layout.
My line transitions to smaller rail just beyond the lift bridge. I am using Right O’ Way Code 100 rail to represent 75# iron for the most of the trackage. I will be using some Karlgarin Code 82 rail for some 56# sidings and industrial leads.
Transitions are easier now that American Switch and Signal offer Code 125 to Code 100 compromise joint bars that provide the transition in rail size. The bars are cast in nickel silver (white bronze) and generally fit the Right O’ Way products. Some files is warranted to get a good fit.
The compromise joint bars allow you to make a prototypical transition for heavier to lighter rail. The American Switch parts should be soldered to both rail ends. As a preparation for installation of the compromise, the tie height needs to be adjusted for the difference in rail height. In my case, I had to sand down the tie height by .025″ leading up to the joint bars.
CODE 100 TRACK-
I was disappointed to find that little in terms of track details is available. I ended up using Grandt Line Code 100 plates. The are of a smaller size than the Weisman Code 125 plates used earlier. The base is only .015″ thick. This helps reduce the look of British chairs and bullhead rail. Track built with seventy-five pound rail should look delicate compared.
You may find it hard to slip tie plates in between the spiked ties. I found a simple tool to lift the rail slightly allowing the simple insertion of the plate. I found the tool in a craft store as part of set for shaping clay and other media.
I strongly recommend that consider buying a copy of Mike Cougill’s excellent series of books on building detail trackwork. You can purchase the book from Protocraft or directly from OST Publications.
The next chapter will deal with building a turnout using American Switch and Signal cast switch parts.