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Central Valley switches
Posted by wrench567 on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 6:46 PM

  A few days ago while hunting in the attic I ran across a box that must have been in there for 15 to 20 years. Inside the box was a half dozen #5 and four #9 CV switch kits, about 30 pieces of code 70 rail in lengths of 18 inches long, two packs of CV bridge ties, a deck girder bridge kit, and about 10 packs of CV ties. Amongst other things.

  Is there anyone building layouts with these? I've built a pair of the #5 turnouts using strategically placed PC ties the last couple days. I filed and soldered an all rail frog but used the CV cast point rails. A test on the bench is very promising with narry a click over the frog and points.

   If you use them, what adhesive do you use? How do they stand up to layout use?

     Pete.

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 8:47 PM

I bought a couple and played around with them many years ago when they first came out. 

DISCLAIMER - at one time I hand layed all my track and turnouts.

I found the throw bar and points in particular to be too fussy and too fragile.

Other than the museum level detail, I saw no advantage and a lot of extra work.

I used epoxy for my test builds, likely not the fastest way to build them.

I'm building a big layout and performance trumps appearance.

These days I only use my hand layed track skills for special trackage.

I use Atlas code 83 track, and mostly Atlas Custom Line turnouts. I have some slip switches from Walthers and two 9.5 degree crossings from PECO.

Sheldon

 

    

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Posted by hornblower on Thursday, August 17, 2023 9:35 AM

Hey, if you already own the kits, go for it.  You've already used a few PC ties like I would have.  A Fast Tracks frog and point rail filing jig might make the job go faster.

Hornblower

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Posted by wrench567 on Thursday, August 17, 2023 11:38 AM

  I find that there's no need for the expensive filing jigs. I made a soldering jig from a piece of scrap wood and some brass for holding the rail in alignment. I'm also using the CV cast points. I may go a different route on the throw bars. The CV ones seem like a weakness. So far they are operating nicely.

  It appears that not too many modelers are using them. I just wonder how long the ACC glue will hold up.

    Thanks.

       Pete.

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