Special thanks to Tim Moran for letting me borrow his Fast Tracks #8 Pointform tool. Also thanks again to Tim and Jeff for burying me in puns in last weeks comments..
Using the Fast Tracks #6 switch fixture gave me a lot of confidence to try building one of the odd ball turnout sizes I'll need for the trackwork in Adena and other areas. And what better way to build my first "fixture free" turnout than to tackle a right hand curved #8 30"/24" radius switch.
Just like the other turnouts I've built, I cut and shaped all the rail pieces I would need first as seen in last week's Wordless Wednesday #77. This meant I finally got to try out the home made rail bender I built a couple months ago specifically for the curved turnouts.
|Home made rail bender.|
|Working the outside.|
|Keeping it in gauge.|
I did have a couple of tight spots that I needed to readjust the stockrail position in spots. I also could've notched the stockrails a bit longer to clear point rails a bit more. I'll need to go back an fix that up with a thin file. A test wheel set proved however that in the end my turnout should be operationally sound!