A Good Iron Spike…

I have got all the rail down on Comstock Road. Wiring and point installation are pending as well as a lot of cosmetic tie plates and spikes but I am calling track laying complete.

Here is a status shot of the railroad for posterity.lastspike

If you squint, you will notice that the right leg of the turnout going off the front of the layout looks a bit odd. Since I don’t plan to launch any rolling stock into the ether, I have created a turnout with the frog removed. This is sometimes done to take a turnout out of service without abandoning or relaying track, just in case. In this instance, I laid the turnout as per normal and then pulled the frog and replaced it with a short piece of rail just as the prototype would have. I even put feeders under the dummy rails so I can restore things to operability if I ever want to.whatfrog

I also cut the last rail spanning a baseboard joint which I had forgotten to do. I rechecked all the other rails since attempting to pull sections apart would be a bad way to discover another oversight. Getting the jewellers saw into position required some excavation of prematurely installed foamboard.sawthenfoam

6 thoughts on “A Good Iron Spike…”

  1. A standard piercing saw blade will fit into a coping saw frame, extending the reach of the blade.
    Ok, too late now, but next time, or for anyone else, this may be useful…

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    1. Coping saws on this side of the pond use a hole and pin system unlike the clamps of this saw. I must be missing your point because I don’t see how that would make the saw blade longer.

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      1. I should also add that the underside of the baseboard at the section edges is occupied by supporting risers so there is no room for a drilled hole vertical approach.

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      2. I have a coping saw which has clamps, as well as the facility to use holes and pins. It doesn’t make the blade any longer, but the frame is deeper – about 12”. As such, it may have been possible to reach in from one side or the other, with just a small hole in the sub roadbed.
        If a piercing saw is like this:
        —C
        |
        —H
        Then the fretsaw would be like this:
        ———————-C
        |
        ———————-H

        H=handle, C=clamp opposite. Blade fits C-H

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