Today, I installed the derail on the coal track siding in Port Rowan:
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I scratch-built the derail yesterday – here’s the story. I’ve also mounted a Bullfrog mechanical switch machine under the derail and tested it. The derail slides smoothly in both directions. I’ll “paint” the derail with Neo-Lube, which looks like oily steel and will help keep the derail sliding smoothly. The head will be painted yellow.
I still have to install a yellow post trackside to mark the derail. And my friend Chris Abbott is working on a control mechanism similar to the garden-scale switch stands we’ve used to control track switches. Stay tuned!