Playing with plaster and laying track

The culvert was fixed in place with plaster. The kids used the opportunity to give the landscape a basic shape. And they had fun doing it.

After the plaster has dried for a while, we glued the tracks to the surface. We used any that was in reach to fix it down, while the glue could set.

Broken turnout

I have prepared my Märklin K-Track turnouts to be operated from below the benchwork. While removing the cover under the track, the switch rod broke apart. I have rebuilt it from a tiny strip of 1 mm styrene. I hope this works.

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The Track: Peco Code 83

I got some track. Peco Code 83 Track: 8 yards of flex track and #8 turnouts, one left and one right. I decided to use these large turnouts before settling on a final layout, that might end in a disaster. No risk no fun.

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The freight cars look so much better on tracks :)
The freight cars look so much better on tracks 🙂

These turnouts are large. I knew the measurements before, but the real thing is something different as numbers on the screen.

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50 foot boxcar on a #8 turnout

I made some quick tests about the required clearance for adjacent tracks. It requires about five inch track after the turnout to have enough clearance for the cars to pass each  other.

Required clearance to pass after a #8 turnout
Required clearance to pass after a #8 turnout

I have also ordered some rail joiners. I did not order any isolated rail joiners. Who needs isolated rail joiners in a world of DCC? That’s what I thought. Now, after studying the instructions on wireing the turnouts, I learned: I need them. So the next order will contain isolated rail joiners.