Filing turnout rails.

Filing turnout rails.

Postby AstroGoat760 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:12 am

I have a Pilz #83322 turnout that seems to not have been designed well. There is no filed notches in the outer rails to allow the points to go into that helps minimize the occurrence of "picking" the points, which ends up with my test car either picking the points, or "splitting", where the car ends up with the wheels between the divergent tracks.

I know that the turnout has a plastic frog, but with plans to either add an idler car or an electronic flywheel to all of the smaller units (my Lindsay 0-4-0 and PVM 25T switchers), that should not be an issue.

I know where the filing needs to be done, but I have never filed away track before. Does anyone have some suggestions?
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Re: Filing turnout rails.

Postby ConducTTor » Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:13 pm

I've done this. Just take a small (I use round) file and make the notch in the outer rail. It's worked well for me.
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