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Pure Right O Way! Just plain nice looking. These turnouts have been in operation for 3+ years without a hitch.


Points of a curved #7 turnout. ROW detail is as good as it gets.


another photo from Pete OK, I shrank this from 1.3 meg to 684 K. Lets see.


ROW point detail on curved #7 RH


Thanks Pete! They look great. Do you build turnouts, crossovers, double slip switches for other modelers? Jay


Hi Jay, Thanks for asking. I have attached an example of what I like to do. This is a 7 switch module, fully finished and fully operable with manual switch machines, electrical connections, stain, paint and ballast. At $65 each the switches were $455. paint, stain, ballast and extra track were $150. I built the 1x2 platform for another $100. Total: $705. Delivered at the March Meet in Chicago. If it's OK, I will post a few more examples very soon. thanks Pete.


This is a standard fare #6LH turnout. Following I will add photos of the frog and points detail. Base price is $65. Most folks prefer the hand throw machine attached and that is $10 extra. At this moment, 5's, 6's, 7's and 8's all run the same price. Thanks Pete.


In reference to item 14 (3/31/17) above, this is the frog for the same switch. Perfect gauge guaranteed.


Again, referencing items 14 and 15 these are the points for the #6LH turnout. The movement is excellent and reliable. In our opinion, ROW point and throw bar detail is as good as it gets. Thanks Pete.


OK, lets try this again, only With a photo. Please see items 14, 15 and 16 above. Thanks, Pete

Response: Thanks Pete!

Nickel silver rail. Dick


I'm attempting to attach a video, created by Chris, that shows how easy it is to bend ME flex track using an, elegant in it's simplicity, tool made from a scrap piece of wood. If the link doesn't work try copy & paste. Well worth the time spent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_R-j8QJJnk&feature=youtu.be , Jay

Response: Well, the link didn't in fact, work like I wanted but it can be copied and pasted.

The next three photos are of what the AREA and PRR referred to as a movable point crossing. Drawings going back as far as 1901 state that any crossing with an angle equal to a #8 (7.125 degree) or larger (smaller degree) must have movable points.


The movable point turns out to be the heart of the slip crossing in either the single or double version. This photo shows the manual switch machine thrown to the left. Next photo will be to the right.


The pivot or lever in the photos was common practice. There are no circumstances under which the points could be thrown in the same direction at the same time. Hand thrown movable points are thought to be relatively uncommon, and certainly by comparison they were. But, inner city transfer trackage where 2 or 3 companies paralleled each other then crossed, often used this type of arrangement. It's just that photos are hard to find!


A comment about photos 32, 33, and 34 above: The points themselves are ROW part number MP48-8's and of course ROW throw bars. Awfully hard to get this kind of detail anywhere else. Jay also supplied the ties, frogs, guard rails, and rail joiners.

Response: Pete, Thank you for taking the time to post photos of your work. Who doesn't love double slips with movable center points?

ROW is track! As real as it gets in scale...


A test for Erik


Yet another test of a photo provided by Erik.


I just like double slip switches (yeah, I know, I already said that). This was sent to me by Charley Pitts. He is a member of the Bay State Model Railroad Museum. He said, I am a member of the Bay State Model Railroad Museum and worked with Dave Waddington of the O scale RR layout for years. Our RR track uses Right-O-Way components and rail almost exclusively. In fact I think Dave did some master work for Lou. Here are some pictures of a double crossover/slip switch at the north end of the layout. Probably a hundred thousand movements over the switch work. Only one insulated throw bar failed and had to be re-epoxied. Jay


Second photo from Charley. Jay

Response: Oops! It's Charlie. Jay

Finally laying some track on the new layout! Steal rail going in and Proto48 castings.

Response: Shawn, Looking good! Thank you for sharing. Jay

Hi Jay, Back on March 31 (Item 14) there was an error in my post. The price. Standard price is not $65.00, its $100.00. Very sorry about that. Perhaps the best way to correct is make another posting here and hope everyone sees this. Want to emphasize: 5's, 6's, 7's and 8's are all the same price. In this case the #7 is $100 while the #6 is $110. The switch machine is $10. My P:48's are on their way. This is much more fun because you can use real RR drawings - the dimensions don't have to be adjusted. Pete


This photo and the next show a foolproof way to secure ROW points to the stock rails. An ordinary straight pin turns out to be about a #72. In this photo you will see a #64 hole drilled through the joiners cast on to the points, and the stock rail on the #7 turnout shown above. A little bit of CA (medium thick) on the head will hold the pin but allow the point to swivel.


This is the pin for the #6 above. There is a difference between this and the #7. The 7 uses 16' points which comes with rail joiners cast on. But the 6 uses 10' points cut down from 16'. To do this use the ROW n.s. slip on joiners. CA them to the stock rail. Then use the pin to attach the point. There is a reason for doing this differently. The cut down point is just ever so slightly wider at the 10' mark. Using the ROW slip on or cast on joiners with the pins holds the points perfectly in place.

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