I have spent some time figuring out how to build the above #7 switch. The switch was not so hard to build. I did have to figure out how to create detail items like tie plates and chairs. My thought was to use the injection molded San Juan Car Company turnout details. The parts are well details but were designed to fit on a different Code 100 rail profile. The wider base of the Right O’ Way rail doesn’t fit the plastic parts very well.
The long tie plates were made from .015″ styrene which is the same thickness as the Grandt tie plates. I used Grandt Code 100 joiner bars to add detail around the frog. I used a drawing from Rick Leach to size the long tie plates under the frog and guard rails.
The San Juan chairs were raised slightly with a .015″ spacer and then bonded to a .015″ tie plate. The spacer allows the chair to fit in the rail web. I realize that there are commercial Code 100 rail chairs offered in brass and white metal. I have these parts and will likely use them on another part of the layout.
I added the chair to the gage plate to test the concept. The prototype chairs had a lip that covered the end to tie plate. I didn’t do this on this installation.
The prototype photos were taken at Toppenish, WA by Rick Leach. The track was built by the Northern Pacific and is now part of the NP museum.
The next task was to rebuilt the hinged entrance section. Several folks suggested that the type of European hinge I used won’t work for this application. I check with my son who has built two hinged sections on his HO layout. He sent me pictures and a video link showing how his section works.
I ended up changing the hinge to a 110 degree hinge and a different mounting scheme. While I was hacking away on the hinged section I modified the shape to create a space to build a trestle over a stream or country road. It will add some interest when you first enter the layout space.
The hinged section needs to have the hinges adjusted to level the rail head with the existing track on the right. The rail will be cut on a 45 degree angle to allow the stationary rail to overlap the lift rail.
The fun part will be getting to build the bridge and trestle.