This passing/runaround siding is long enough to hold 7 86 foot cars, plus one 6 axle locomotive.
The entire layout was all Code 100 at one time, but a few years ago I began something of a program of replacing everything with Code 83. I saved most of the straight track, and all of the switches, and managed to sell it all off to help offset the cost of the replacements.
The view from the opposite end of the siding, after replacement of the track, ballast, and scenery.
Back to the track replacement: There is now only one piece of Code 100 remaining on the layout, which is this 19 degree diamond. The leads into the Midwest Plastics plant and another place-holder type industrial building cross each other at this diamond. I'm not really too crazy about this track arrangement, but it's a model railroad, and space is limited, so it's the best I could come up with.
I painted the diamond with the same Rail Brown that I used on the surrounding tracks. If you look closely, you can kind of see the .017" difference in the rail height from the diamond to the adjoining tracks. And yes, the cars and locomotives that run across it are noticeably jolted by the height difference, just as they had been at the switch in the first photo.
I'm going to hold off on ballasting any more here for a little while. There's a train show coming up in Woodstock sometime in April, and you never know, I might be lucky and find a 19 degree diamond in Code 83 to replace this one.
Trackwork: the bane of the full-size railroads too, hah!ReplyDelete
Take a small file and file away the higher portions of the code 100 crossing. You don't have to remove the crossing to do it. Just be careful not to aggressively file and mistakenly remove some from the main line in front. It is pretty quick and easy to do.ReplyDelete
I've considered doing that very thing with a file. I can lift the diamond out without too much trouble if I decide to go that route with it.Delete
You're probably right about that Dave.ReplyDelete
Interesting track arrangement for the code 100 diamond. I had a layout in the past that I used this arrangement to service 2 opposing direction industries from a main line. I don't think it would have ever been done in reality, but like you say - its a model railroad and I used it because of space constrains as well. Cheers.ReplyDelete
Thanks Wayne. I figure it must have been done somewhere for real.ReplyDelete