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To-Scale Switches and Slips (part.1), by Dr. Norbert Aust (Switchdoc)
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Subject of this article

Description of a simple and rapid method to build to-scale switches and slips as used with real railwaylines. This concerns radii and deflections so that a consist passing these objects may behave like the real thing and look similar to reality. Adding more detail with frogs, guiderails etc. is not the object of this tutorial.

Since this tutorial grew too long, I had to split it into two parts. The second part deals with the matter of slips and gives some pics on how a consist looks like when passing.

Some remarks up front:

(1) I am not a native speaker of English and may stumble with some of the railway related vocabulary. If there are some bad mistakes, please let me know for I am eager to learn (but be gentle, usually I can't stand any criticism).

(2) This article is dedicated to the somewhat advanced user of the surveyor tools. Refer to the very comprehensive articles of John King found in this section if you need more information on how to use the tools of Surveyor.

(3) Up to now I did not succeed in producing a curved switch to my satisfaction. If I should succeed at a later time I will redo the article or write a new tutorial.

Usage of the Different Types of Switches

Trainz offers one unique advantage: the very very big variety that is possible by using this flexible track. This allows us to design the layout of a station using many different types of switches and slips same as it is common practice in reality.

With real railway lines selction of switches is done considering the speed that consists should have taking the branch track. The following table gives some data of some switches that are in use with German railways. But as the physics are the same the whole world over, I guess usage of switches is not very different in other countries.


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