It Ain’t Pretty But It Works

As the saying goes, it isn’t that a dancing bear dances well that is amazing but that it dances at all. I have got the diamond installed after much fiddling. It works but there were a few alignment issues with the frogs that make for imperfect lines through the crossing. I am impressed that my eye is less tolerant of variance than a finescale track standard. Anyway, I did not remake any parts but I will probably remake the whole thing at a future date. I will keep the functioning present version in order to get things running.

Here is a shot of the diamond from overhead. diamondinstalled

And an artsy track level view.diamondlow

Getting the challenging part of the trackplan inspired me to press on with the more mundane bits and now have the spur in front of the traverser tacked down as well. (I consider it installed enough for operational purposes when every third tie is spiked down.)diamondlong

All the track laying remaining to be done is at least partially visible in this shot:

  1. closure rails and points for the front track at centre back.
  2. inactive turnout and spur off the upper right leg of the diamond.

That is a refreshing short list! After that, I am down to point servo installation and wiring before I can operate Comstock Road. Well, that and banging together enough rolling stock…

3 thoughts on “It Ain’t Pretty But It Works”

  1. Nice work! Don’t sweat the little kinks in alignment if they don’t cause operating problems. I’ve installed, maintained, or designed the layout for various 1:1 diamonds, and achieving visually perfect alignment is challenging. Hard to achieve when installing, and they never stay that way under traffic.
    – Jack

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Jack! As I said, I intend to stick with the functioning result for now but the visible kink will likely move to the top of the redo list sooner or later. Probably after I discover some photo angle I can’t use without including it. 🙂

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