Sunday, February 1, 2015
Reworking Villeneuve Trackage
You remember probably when I complained about the track geometry in Villeneuve yard's west end. A succession of S-curves leading to derailment. Also, the roadbed was uneven, worsening this issue (wood dust gathered under the roadbed when we drilled the turnout control rod hole).
Yesterday, Jérôme was tasked in replacing the right handed #6 turnout with a left handed #8 turnout. As any track work, it tooks a few hours to make things works flawlessly. But the result was rewarding. The track geometry is now more fluid and cars went through it smoothly.
The only thing that needs to be addressed is the curve on the mainline. It is too sharp and spacing between the main and passing tracks is uneven thus looking awkward.
Finally, we discussed the crossing signals arrangement. This will probably be the most important expense this year and we don't want to mess it up. I'm just a little bit sad Walthers modified their post-1960 cantilevered crossing signals. The old one were triangular, just like our prototype. Their new ones have bulky rectangular arms. Well... that's Walthers for you: the modern signals and olders one now share an almost similar design! Big deal! I wonder if I could be able to bash the new offering into a triangular one with too much trouble... I'll see.