ken.florian;Is the Kato #4 turnout still problematic?
If so, does using only Kato loco/stock ameliorate the problem?
ken.florian;Thanks very much.
A lot to digest for this first-time builder, but I'll figure it out!
kenf;Hi Traction Fan,
Thanks, again. I'm the same guy as the first post, but new account for (doh) obvious reason. This time I had more coffee before creating this account.
This is my first build since my Dad did it for me about 1.5 centuries ago!
I will do N.
My "story line" is intermodal ship to rail to over-the-road to warehouse to home.
My space is an "L" 54" x 30" and 72" x 30" OR 60" x 36"....I haven't decided on that second leg. I can go longer and narrower or shorter and wider.
I've purchased nothing yet, but the Kato track (and similiar tier for other stuff) is in my budget.
I'm learning and will eagerly read all the items you posted.
Thanks very much!
(p.s. pretend you never saw my first username. doh!).
DavidJones;I often hear people in forums talking about these. My current main problem stopping my railway from beginning operations are those Bachmann switches you talked about. Most of them have required modification, or replacement to get them reliable. As anything comes out, the curved rails will get the 'notches' cut in. I was staring at them and my files (and my dremel tools, my sandpaper etc) trying to figure out how to cut them. I've had to go to a lot of effort fitting and adjusting each, so I'm not keen to take them out to carve the notch.
My layout is a 42x82 door layout. I do want to add a switching yard at the end (to make an 'L').
I'm thinking about what is involved in making my own turnouts. To replace the ones that I can't get working (BTW, yesterday I went into the local hobby shop to pick up a kato- I thought it was a misprint- $87 each! Cdn, but still. And to make a multitude (of the kind I like) for the switching yard
So REALISTICALLY is it possible to learn how to and make a better turnout than the bachmann's after just a few trials, or is it a many years of acquiring kind of skill? What tools and jig do I need? Are there some good links on doing it?