17 February 2020
In our latest practical feature, we turn our attention to enhancing the appearance of this most standard element of model railway infrastructure.
The main objective is to improve the points appearance by removing the spring block, thus making the sleepers look more prototypical, and to enhance the point changing operation. The strength of spring was causing the actuator rod to bend slightly, mainly due to the thickness of my baseboards.
This will only work on points that have the motor fitted to the underside of the base board, not clipped to the point sleepers. Surface mounted applications or the wire and tube method of control wouldn’t be suitable either.
First and foremost, this operation is best performed before your points are installed and not retrospectively.
Prior to fixing, trim the tie bar to remove the point fixing lugs, as shown in A, ensure that the tie is finished no less than shown here. If it is cut too short it can get caught under the point moulding. Carry out the same to the other side of the tie bar, with the switch blades moved across.
Trim the four sleepers to remove the fixing holes for point motor legs, as shown in B, and tidy up the end. You can also reduce the width because they're too wide.
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