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Single Crossover
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Author:  Tom in Dallas [ Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:25 am ]
Post subject:  Single Crossover

I would like to hear anyone's comments on building a single crossover. It seems like a pair of left or right hand turnouts might be a starting point. Perhaps building them with extra lengths ont the turnout end then aligning and soldering them together. Or maybe even better might be to build one with rail long enough to fit into the jig in reverse. I am thinking #6 using code 55 rail.

Author:  thomascb [ Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Crossovers

I finished building a #6 LH crossover by combining two turnouts. The trick was to get alignment and maintain gauge.

Tom in Dallas

Author:  Ron Warris [ Fri Aug 24, 2007 9:48 am ]
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Hello Tom,

Any chance you could post a picture of your finished work? Would love to see it!

Author:  thomascb [ Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:12 am ]
Post subject:  #6 LH Crossover

The attached photo shows a crossover ready for wiring and gap filling before placing on layout.

Tom in Dallas

File comment: Updated for web
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Author:  emccamey [ Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:21 pm ]
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Very nice crossover in Z scale. The point throws with the loops is interesting. How do you plan on controlling the points once installed? Will the isolated frogs be powered?

Those Z scale turnouts really show how big the rail appears in perspective. Still these appear very nice and I expect they are smooth and reliable.

I've found that the Micro Engineering rail weathering solution will work wonders on masking away the solder.

Author:  thomascb [ Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:55 pm ]
Post subject:  #8 Turnout

The attached photo is off topic in so far as crossovers are concerned by
the photo demonstrates how I moce the closure rails using the loop. The
stainless steel wire fits into the loop and is controlled remotely with a Tortoise and the aux switches feed the frog. On the crossover I will be using same technique and one ss wire will be bent in the opposite direction so the turnouts will be in sync.

Tom in Dallas

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Author:  thomascb [ Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Posting photo attachments

Help! I noticed in my first photo it was larger than a solar system. In my
next (just now) I recuded the size using Adobe Photo Elements to 4" w x
~3" high. It too is rendered very large. Am I doing something wrong?

Tom in Dallas

Author:  emccamey [ Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:46 pm ]
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I pre-process all my raw JPG photos with a freeware program - XnView for Windows. See It has all kinds of manipulations - I use the resize and the image adjust functions to set up photos for links and embedded forums. It has proven to be the finest photo software I've ever used.

Sample processed photo of an HO number 9 frog:

(This was HUGE before the processing).

Author:  thomascb [ Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:06 am ]
Post subject:  Test Photo

I hope I do not offend anyone in trying to figure out how to show photos
at a reasonable size. Here goes an attempt.

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Author:  thomascb [ Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:18 am ]
Post subject:  Got it!!!

Thank you Ed. I had the feature in Adobe Photo Elements and did not
realize what I could do with it. Now if we could just get this little edit
box to word wrap for us.

Tom in Dallas

Author:  zztop [ Wed Sep 05, 2007 11:38 pm ]
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Nice crossover Thomas.

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