Of course the vertical transition curve at the top of the hill in Pembroke had to include a turnout. So I wasn’t surprised when the dust settled after the Battle of Pembroke Hill to find that removing this transition had transformed the turnout into a bit of a basket case. I was, however, surprised by how much rail needed to be removed – about three quarters of a millimetre.
In any case, bolstered by a couple of pieces of Terry’s chocolate orange that were left over from Christmas, tonight I brought the soldering irons onto the layout along with all my gauges and a truck for testing, and tackled the case. The straight stock rail had found its opportunity to shift within the switch, while the curved stock rail popped its glue through the closure of the turnout. Both closure rails, being short and having substantial gaps around the frog, seemed to be okay.
The Pliobond and solder method of track construction came into its own here. It was easy to re-heat the bonds to free the rails. Then I effectively re-laid the stock rails, gauging off the closure rails and the frog.