Ever since my last operational session, I wanted to replace the turnout into Old Dominion Foods and realign the Virginia Central trackage. Well I got that going last week sort of. The taking out of the turnouts was easy. Both areas were ballasted in. Warm water with some Dawn dish detergent dripped on the ballast lets the glue loose it's grip. Then it is simply taking out the track. I had to cut the track for the turnout into OD Foods using my Demel tool. If you do not have one of these rotary tools, you have to get one. Mine is a generic one I got from BJ's for $20 and came with a thousand attachments. It's a must in track laying, or in my case track removal.
Lets start with the VC alignment first. This required taking out a lot more track. I wanted this area to be more smooth to operate and a little more room in the spur trackage. I also want to remove a turnout that was tight. I used a Peco curved turnout to give me the most room. I'm not total sold on it but it may look better when ballasted.
|Before shot. Wanted to extend the spur and get rid of the turnout in the middle.|
|A shot from the other end.|
|New trackage in. The curved Peco turnout gives me more options in this area. The spur leads on the left leads to an unknown industry. It maybe a wood chip loader.|
|View of the VC trackage on the other end.|
|The old turnout has been removed. I believe I used a Atlas #4 turnout because it was the only one that would fit. I mainly use #6's.|
|The +$#*!@# pain in my butt turnout. It looks good and provides smoother trackage into Old Dominion Foods.|