UPDATE: Newer, better method. https://kootenaymodelrailway.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/pulp-mill-turnouts-a-visual-guide-to-a-new-way-of-laying-ties/
Okay, so I think I’ve finally got this turnout thing figured out.
Maybe I should, I don’t know, read the instructions instead of glancing at them?
1: Apply glue to both surfaces to be joined
2: Allow glue to dry.
3: Press surfaces together
I didn’t do ANY of these things. Oops.
Additional, helpful step: Heat the rail with your soldering iron until the glue melts. Makes for a really good bond. Today or tomorrow when I’m putting the north ladder for Castlegar yard in, I’ll find out how good.
Cool video time! Using all the track I had available at the time, I ran #12, the Kettle Valley Express, through the west end of the siding. Since this video I’ve put in one end of the pulp mill yard, including 5 turnouts (yaaaay.) But none of them have throws installed yet. That’s a tricky part, getting it just right. I’ve now acquired some cheap guitar string in the high E and G ranges in addition to the piano wire, for shorter throws.
HERE YOU GO.