Track is a system, and more.
I enjoy modeling track. The process is relaxing to me and time fades away when working. Of all the things this craft offers, modeling track well is the most satisfying.
Choosing To Handlay: The Gorilla In The Room
I’m well aware that many people find hand laid track labor intensive and time consuming. Placing four spikes per tie as I do, is a herculean task that isn’t for the faint of heart or those who lack the patience and persistence to see the job through.
An N scale ground throw from Caboose Industries works perfectly for P48
Modeling track well offers a wealth of opportunity to grow as a modeler.
Finescale standards shine best at turnouts and make scale flangeways of track in pavement possible.
A key with any scale or standard is to know what you want and the extent you are willing to compromise to get there. P48 is as much a mindset as a set of standards.
This is just a quick overview. I have a number of books and blog posts on laying and detailing track. Whether you choose to try handlaying or not, the resources below will help you get going. With the exception of OST books, these are not affiliate links. Since I build my own turnouts I have no experience with the custom builders. They are recommended by others and the work looks top notch.
Books by OST Publications
A complete guide to hand laying, detailing and weathering track in quarter-inch scale.
24.95 + 10.60 Flat Rate Priority shipping.
This ebook covers the differences between modern and steam era track. Trevor Marshall outlines his decisions for the track on his former Port Rowan layout and I review the lessons learned from years of modeling track.
This is an ebook that is downloaded after purchasing.
9.99 with immediate download
A broad range of quarter-inch scale track details, frog and point castings, ties, rail and code 125 P48 flex track.
Built to Order Custom Turnouts
O Scale Turnouts
Handlaid turnouts to order in both five-foot legacy guage and P48.
Signature Switch Company
Offers a wide range of custom turnouts built to order.