Ring Rail Installed

I’m reading a wonderful book, Pirate’s Passage by William Gilkerson to the kids right now. One of the characters obviously has a taste for rum.  So inspired, I poured myself a glass and tackled the ring rail this evening. The gauge on the turntable worked perfectly. It took hardly any time to chase it around the circle with my dodgy old soldering iron to fasten the rail down.

The only slightly challenging part was to get the rail length right. I left the last quarter of the circle un-glued and marked the rail end, then cut it in place. It took a couple of tries before I had it right, but eventually it slipped into the Proto:87 Stores joiner nicely, and the gauge slid around without complaint.

Ring rail

So, how did it turn out? Well, not as bad as it could be, but still not altogether satisfactory. Notice that at the two sides of the photograph, the rail is centered on the ties, while in the middle (far side), it is definitely more toward the end of the ties.

Ring rail

Now that I ruminate on it some more, perhaps the pit itself is not the big problem, but rather the location of the ties. Maybe I need to go back and redo just the last two steps, and try again to use the turntable bridge to line up the ties. Heck, I need to spend some time thinking about how to fix the dolly wheels anyway, so it’s not as if I’m going to be putting off a lot of progress.


One thought on “Ring Rail Installed

  1. These things were never perfect on the real thing, either… just wait until the scenery is worked around the table, weeds and grass (and maybe a puddle or two) in the pit, and you’ll start to see what others do… it looks great!

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