My recent decision to revert to track power meant I needed to keep the switch rails insulated from each other, and the easy & strong soldered joint method previously employed would no longer work.
Right O Way’s recommended method of gluing the two tie bar halves together with tissue paper as insulation wasn’t to my satisfaction. I found that it was easy to kink the two components so that they came undone, so I put my thinking cap on to see if there was a better solution. As is often the case, a glance at the prototype lead to the answer.
The prototype tie bars turn out (pun intended) to be straight strips, and looking at the photos in my library with fresh eyes, I thought I recognized PC board ties, Z scale ones, in fact. I’m pretty sure I saw the idea elsewhere previously on the internet, but a quick glance at Fast Tracks’ website revealed that the Z crossover copper clad ties were an appropriate width and long enough to work as an O scale throw bar.
An order was placed and Saturday night I experimented in the layout room until, voila, the points were connected and moving smoothly back and forth.
I’m very pleased with their visual appearance and quite confident that some paint and weathering will adequately hide the gap I filed in the middle for electrical insulation purposes.
Because I am so enamoured of the filigree look of the rods between the header ties, I’m going to try to throw the switch from the switch stand rather than by extending a rod up from below in the typical position half way between the points. Stay tuned for an update on this next experiment.