After working through the layout adjustments noted in the last blog post, additional issues have turned up. There are two locations on the Wheeling Freight Terminal where curved track crosses layout sections at an angle, as can be seen in the lead image. One or two tracks have been problematic but now the problems have increased after setting up the layout in a new home. Click on any image here to review larger size.
Operation has always been a focus of the layout. After fixing the last round of problems, a simple push of cars across these curved joints has revealed additional areas of concern. Adjustments to these tracks had been made while in Texas to minimize the problems, but it’s now time for a new method.
Short sections of track will be installed to bridge these layout sections and minimize problems. The three tracks in the above image are all part of the freight house area and the center track is a lead to switch the freight house. These will each be cut about three inches back from the interface where the two sections meet. The bridge tracks will be installed here.
Another couple of tracks will need the same work. The foreground pair are the chief culprits here and will also be cut back for bridge sections. The front track connects the yard and freight house area while the next one back connects the yard and team yard. The background tracks are part of the team yard and freight cars seem to roll fine over those joints.
I want to operate the layout while we are in this rental so the work needs to be done. The layout will move again when we purchase a new home and will operate for a few months there while a new project takes shape. I’m not a big fan of these bridge tracks but a little work now will ensure more fun for months to come.
I’ve unpacked some of the freight car fleet anticipating the first session. Minimizing derailments are a key to enjoying operation and the bridge tracks will maximize the enjoyment.
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