Laying Track - Part II

By Ty’s Model Railroad - 8/15/2010 12:35:00 AM

4 x 8 model railroad benchwork with completed track on foam roadbed and unpainted wooden train trestle

The track on my layout is 99% complete, with just a few small items to finish. I have almost completed the turn table, however it still needs to be painted to get rid of the plastic look. Spur track will be added once it's complete and permanently installed. I also painted and installed the track bumpers, five in total on my layout. They look pretty decent, however they may need a little more detail added in the future. My turnouts also look and fit great. I tested them with a few cars and they see to carry rolling stock very smoothly

4 installed Atlas turnouts at the front of a model railroad layout staging area

I’m still not sure how the descending grade from the trestle is going to work out with a full set of cars and engines. It’s very steep as it needs to drop down 3.5" in a very short distance so it can level out at the track and road crossing. 

4 x 8 model railroad benchwork with completed track on foam roadbed

This is the one part of this whole project that has me worried. At this point the layout is divided into the planned 12 electrical blocks using insulated terminal joiners between the sections of track. I have also attached all terminal connectors, feeding the wires through drilled holes to the underside of the table. 

Underside of wood benchwork showing power supply wires to train tracks above

Tomorrow I plan to paint the turn table to make it look a bit more realistic and finish attaching the approaching tracks. The big project now is to start the wiring and construction of the control panel. The under-table switch machines and wiring components also need to be done at this point. I also need to test my track with an engine, so for now I will need to attach all the terminal connectors from each power block to one main lead, just to test things out. That will be a next weekend project. 

Model railroad benchwork with Atlas turn table and completed track on foam roadbed

A partially complete Atlas turn table installed onto wooden benchwork

Model railroad benchwork with completed track on foam roadbed and unpainted wooden train trestle

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