In spite of the fact that I'm using Lance Mindheim's book "How To Build A Switching Layout" as a loose guide for this layout, I couldn't quite bring myself to rely on friction to hold the turnout in one position or the other as he recommends. I like the positive action of the ground throws.
I used the caboose 222S ground throws intended for Atlas code 55 N scale switches. They go in pretty easily - a little trench in the foam to clear the pins, and fasten them down with white glue and a couple spikes. I realized after the glue had dried that it would have been smart to paint the blue foam in the trench black before hand. Perhaps when I paint the track I'll be able to get enough in there to hide the blueness.
|Caboose 222S ground throw installed (note trench in foam for pins).|
|Caboose 222S ground throw|
|O scale Atlas O code 148 #5 turnout with caboose 208S cut into head blocks|
|NECR GP38 3844 Shoving to Maple Leaf / Trans Plastics|