|Here's a low view of the east Owenyo switches before I put in the points and closure rails.
Here's about how the east end of Owenyo looked at the end of Part 23, where I started to cover the switch components and laying out the ties. The stock rails are in place, setting up the frame work for the closure rails and points to be put in place.
Points & Throw-Bars
|Dremal out the area between the rails, headblock and 1st tie.
|A close-up view of the switch points and a temporary throw-bar made from PC board.
Point Drill Jig
|I made a jig out of scrap MDF to drill the throw-bar clearance screw holes.
|The switches are now pretty much done, alignment-wise.
A high-angle shot of the east switch complex at Owenyo. All the points are in, closure rails. I'm still working on the exact method I'll be using for the switch mechanism. The LMRC club uses PFM switch machines, long out-of-production. So I'm looking at basic manual-mechanical options with a micro switch for the frog contact. I'll probably build a couple mock-ups to test and standardize my design before doing any modifications to the layout structure.
|Here's a part-way progress view of the closure rails, points and throw-bars going in.
SG-NG Equipment Transfer Ramp/Pit Switch
|SG switch to the end-to-end SG-NG equipment transfer ramp/pit.
I'll be covering more on this spur in an upcoming post dealing with the NG trestle to get the equipment up on top of the SG flatcars.
Switch to House Pocket Stub
|The little stub spur pocket No.5 switch between the "perlite" loader and the stock transfer pen.
West Wye Switch
|West switch of the Owenyo wye is basically a No.5 frog with a long point alignment.
|Sample flex track painted, checking color against my SP 3259 weathering.
I'm planning to paint the ties at a high angle, to hopefully get it to only land on the tops of the ties. Effectively making the whole area look like it has been covered in mud and dust. Then when I do the sifted dirt and "ballast", which was minimal in the yard at Owenyo, should provide a nice match. Detailing to the ties with stains will then bring the fine details. The sides of the rails will probably be weathered with my airbrush.
|Owenyo's DMV motor-pool!
|SP 3203 with loaner tender during test running.
Annoyingly, test running the Sunset Models Mk-2/4 SP 3203 around through some of the switches pointed out that this model has VERY tight gauged drivers and pilot/trailing wheels. It will need a substantial amount of effort put into it to fix these issues. Given that I'll need to scratch built the correct tender for the 3203, I'll probably be working on getting SP 3266 or one of my RSD5s running for early operational testing.