My friend Troy hosted a train night last night and a large part of it was a demonstration night, I demonstrated building a switch with the fast tracks jig (more on that in a bit). Bruce built a curved turnout without a jig (old-fashioned way), and Mike demonstrated his technique for ballasting. I offered up my river module as a demonstration piece of track which means it’s basically finished in terms of what I intended to do.
The problem of course with it being finished is that means there is nothing left to do and I’m thinking about what additional details I could add but nothing considerable as I need to focus on getting my free-mo module done since I’m already scheming the next project. I have some HO scale cows that just might find themselves some grazing land in the meantime.
Bruce’s demonstration of building a switch was particularly interesting to me in how simple it really is to layout a switch in place and I’ll definitely be trying it myself when I get a chance. He also had some good tips that I’ll try on my next switch.
For my demonstration I made sure I had everything ready, all the parts ready for assembly and to save time a half assembled switch along with a toolbox full of tools to demonstrate each step and to finish the switch. Unfortunately I forgot the box of parts at home and fortunately Troy had some extra rail handy and I could finish it.