A few years ago, I was following Joseph Kreiss’ new On30 layout build and stumbled upon an interesting idea: utilizing old commercial switches for hand laid track. Joseph was using HO scale switches to make On30 trackwork. It was a very interesting idea and I wanted to explore this a bit more.
At the time I was working on a small HOn30 layout to display in my home office. I wanted to use commercial rail to speed construction. The switches are Atlas code 55 rail and look good and operate well, however, for a logging line, N scale track just won’t look realistic.
I started by removing a few plastic ties. PC board ties from Fast Tracks were temporarily soldered in place, to hold the track in gauge, while removed the rest of the plastic ties.
Now the switch is ready to spike into place on the layout.
Once the switch is spiked in place, I remove the PC board ties and replace them with wood. I was excited how fast the process took and how reliable the switches are.