My Library - Railroading Books - Trackwork and Lineside Detail

Author: various authors

Publisher: Kalmbach Publishing Co.

Published: 2000

ISBN: 0-89024-571-1

Pages: 96

A collection of various articles from the Model Railroader magazine that are related to laying track on your layout.

ChapterPageTitle / Description
14Flextrack for smooth operations
Describes how to lay flextrack. Describes rail code sizes.
26Laying Flextrack on Curves
How to create smooth curves with flextrack.
37Railroading Without Derailments
This chapter provides a checklist to make sure everything works to keep the equipment on the track, such as making sure the track is in gauge, turnouts are smooth, wheels are in gauge, and use of good couplers.
49Superelevating HO Flextrack
This chapter describes how to raise the outer rail of curved track to make the track appear superelevated, just like the prototype.
512How To Handlay Track
This chapter covers the tools and materials needed to handlay track, and also describes how to cut the ties, stain the ties, laying the ties, laying the rail, dealing with rail joint gaps, attaching power feeders, and ballasting.
617Better N Scale Tracklaying Techniques
Describes how to lay flextrack on foamboard layout, and covers painting the track, ballasting, and adding details.
720Working with Turnouts
This chapters covers the terminology, types, and troubleshooting of turnouts. Included are topics about insulated frog and power routing turnouts.
822Building a Turnout from Scratch
This chapter takes you step-by-step through the process of building an HO-scale turnout.
934Handlaying Code 40 Turnouts in N Scale
This chapter takes you step-by-step through the process of building an N-scale turnout.
1041Hide Those Switch Motors
Techniques for hiding the twin-coil and Tortoise switch machines under the layout.
1143Tortoise Tips
This chapter shows how to mount a Tortoise switch machine some distance from the turnout it controls. Also covers how to use an easy-to-remove connector.
1245Track Profiles
This chapter describes the various roadbed profiles depending on the purpose of the track.
1347Name That Track
This chapter describes the various tracks and what their purposes are.
1452Ballast: The Finishing Touch
Covers preparing the track and ballasting. Also includes a diagram of Boston & Main RR track cross-sections.
1555Weathering Track for Realism
Painting track to make it look more realistic.
1657Track and Lineside Details
Studying prototype track photos reveals many details to that can be used to enhance the track's realism in our models.
1760Derails
What they are and how to model them.
1862Bridge Guard Rails
Describes bridge guard rails and how to model them.
1964Bumping Posts and Car Stops
Describes the various types, with some modeling suggestions.
2068Switch Stands and Targets
Covers the various stands and targets, and also describes how to model a working switch stand in various scales.
2171Switch Stand Appurtenances
Further details we can add to our turnouts to improve their appearance.
2272Railroad Line Poles
This chapter covers telegraph and signal lines. Also provides some suggestions for how to model them.
2375Mileposts and Scale Miles
Covers the various mile posts and how to effectively model them on our layouts.
2477Railroad Speed Signs
Describes the various speed signs and how we can model them.
2580Whistle Posts
What they are and how we can model them.
2682Flanger Signs
What they are, and a brief note on how they can be modeled.
2783Instrument Cases and Where to Find Them
This chapter describes what they are. It includes exploded diagrams.
2886Instrument Houses
Describes what instrument houses are, and provides exploded diagrams for a number of them.
2988Build a Slide-detector Fence
Describes what a slide-detector fence is and how we can model them.
3090Model an HO Scale ACI Scanner
Describes the device and how we can model them.
3192Automatic Bad-order Detector
This chapter describes a "talking" hotbox and dragging-equipment installation.
3294Train-defect-detection Installations
Describes the device that finds and reports train equipment failures.