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Perch Lake Lumber Company Narrow Gauge

Updates below:

Turnouts 7/10/20 update below:

*Roadbed 7/8/20*

Upper Left Framework 6/19/20

Instalation of the Upper Left table top 6/20/20

Reach for the Back or Up Underneath 6/24/20

New layout update with additional turnouts (crossovers are given 1 number)


I have added additional sidings in the town and given the turnouts numbers.

Black on the main Blue in the industries and Red in the yard.


Turnouts put onto ties, an outdoor project. 7/10/20

*Roadbed 7/8/20*

Wooden roadbed gluded to the foam for the loop and the ard lead. I also made 30 Turnout roadbed blocks today.

The use of Circuitron Remote Tortoise Mounts 6100 and 67101 will allow me to mount the motors below the layout and only have a 1/16" hole from the roadbed down to the underside of the layout. No need to cut 2" square holes in the foam or shelves and no need to build Tortoise Mount roadbed for each turnout.

Working on Code 70 #6 HOn3 Turnouts

Building the smaller gauge turnouts with .070" rail is not as easy as HO Standard gauge with code 83 .083" rail. The ties are smaller on the HOn3 turnouts and I needed a fine pointed soldering iron.

I did review the videos from Fast Tracks and used the Stock Aid Tool.

This tool helps you take the bottom of the stock rail off to clear the point rail without harming the main part of the rail. By marking the area to be filed off with a marker you can taper the edge as you clear the area needed by the point rail.

Here you see the space between the red dots that has had the base of the rail removed and also see the clearance for the point rail.

My first turnout looked and operated like I had not built a turnout before but after reviewing the process and getting my magnifier light, so I could see, I was able to repair my errors and have a finished turnout that meets the NMRA standards.

My second turnout was much better and now that I have a new set of fine points for my soldering iron, I am ready to build more (21 more). Another reason I used the Stock Aid is that the belts on my 1X30 inch belt sander we all use to remove the base of the rail had all aged such that the adhesive on that held the belts together was dried out and the belts were coming apart. one caught a code 70 rail and made it look like a pretzel. I have purchased new belts today.

Parts for 6 more #6 HOn3 Turnouts ready for assembly into 4 Left and 2 Right. (6/28/20)

With all assembled on Monday 6/29/20 I took then to the Delta 24" professional Jig Saw for insulating the frogs.

I have found an issue with the HOn3 turnouts that we have not seen with HO turnouts. The area in Red shows the rails cut before the last tie. The clean cut was no problem but because of the lack of space and the insulation cut in the copper of the PC board tie there is only solder on one side of the rails and the PC board tie copper is broken for insulation. This causes the frog point rails to be very fragile. Only 1 of the 34 rails I cut came off on the saw I had 3 more brake in moving the turnouts back to the modeling bench. I will use a 3-point track gauge to replace the rails and plan on adding PC ties on each of these turnout tracks in the Quick Sticks that hold the rails. On a HO turnout the space between the rails at this point is wide enough to have solid solder joints on both sides of the rails and have an insulation cut on the top of the PC board tie. (6/30/20)

Getting Ready for Track

I found I had an issue with the roadbed I had made for the layout as dual gauge

Below on the top is the HO roadbed in 8' lengths for dual gauge service. On the bottom is the new sized roadbed cut to 1" after many talks with members and some math checking on roadbed size for HOn3 I decided that the HO was 25% to wide.

Dealing with 8' lengths 1/2 of which were cut every inch for making curves presented me with a problem in ripping it to 1". My solution was to layer a curve able section between a solid straight section, stacking to 7 layers. The length of 8' was also an issue as I was going to rip these on a Radial Arm Saw. I decided to cut the sections in half and then rip them. To hold them together I used 1.25"brad nails. This presented an issue as I could not take them apart after ripping. I took great care in the placement of the nails and will use the chop saw to remove the first and last inch which has the nails.

Cleanup took longer than the wood work !!!

Progress continues 6/18/20

Framework for the upper left connection to the shelf

With the wood cut I had to attach the plywood. The new extension provided a workbench that allowed me to work standing up rather than crawling on the floor. This made gluing and nailing much easier and I could use the square rather than the lines on the floor. This is the insert as the glue is drying. It still needs a little sanding and the point needs to be cut off.

Below is the underside showing the bracing.

It is flat and square but the pone camera in my left hand distorts the shape a bit.

Putting away the tools and reinstalled the shelf above the desk ready for the yard leads that will come odd this section.

I added a temporary shelf above the desk to hold items that will go on the new shelves when we find the correct 12" bullnose shelving.

The layout table is ready!

Around the Room

The final addition connects to the shelf on the left.


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