Older turnouts built for DC power are not friendly with Digital Command Control and can cause power shorts. By reworking them to power the switch points to be consistent with the stock rails it makes them friendly with DCC power. The upper switch has been converted and the lower switch is still stock.
A few of the engines I have been converting to Digital Command Control (DCC). I am now starting to add more track to the layout to get the main line finished.
This week I finished laying the NP main through Yakima and ran a small freight around the line. Lots of track laying ahead. I can now start installing and repairing engine decoders in several of my engines. I’m also hoping to receive my new NCE system this next Friday.
I’m learning how to build my own turnouts using a paper template and spiking the ties and rails before soldering. I have to thank “Fast Tracks” for their videos which taught me the basic steps to build a turnout. But, with several different sizes and shapes of turnouts on my layout I could not afford to purchase their metal jigs. With each turnout built I am improving my method and speed. Who knows, some day I may actually get to run a train.
For the last couple days I have been laying roadbed and track for the Northern Pacific main line through Yakima, on my layout. I now have to start building some curved turnouts that lead into the NP yard and the interchange track with the PCRy yard.
You can see the paper templates I use to help identify where turnouts and track need to go.