Today was a surgical day on the layout, during a recent visit from a good railroader friend, he suggested I improve my yard by adding a second exit to the east end of the yard via the engine service track. Basically I've added a runaround track to the top of the yard. I can already see the benifit and love it but boy, do I hate trackwork.
Taking my time, I cut out the spaces where the new turnouts would be placed one at a time, cleaning off dried glue and feeding power wires through holes where needed, I do not solder directly to switches, rather to the rail joiners, nor do I glue them down in the odd case I decide to change the track plan.
Installing the extra turnout on the yard ladder was easy, the turnout install on the engine service track was a bit different, considering I layed the track there with no set radius, but removing glue and getting the existing flextrack to "flex" again, every thing lined up fine. After testing the track with a runthrough of some motive power and happy with the setup I glued down the new section of track down to fresh roadbed and placed weights on it.
Configuring existing trackwork is (in my eyes) a difficult thing to do for the average modeler, I still struggle with it, and I was not looking forward to doing this. The most important thing I can stress to you is to take your time. Plan your list of operation, aquire all the tools you need and go slow.
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