The Randall Museum in San Francisco hosts a large HO-scale model train layout. Created by the Golden Gate Model Railroad Club starting in 1961, the layout was donated to the Museum in 2015. Since then I have started automatizing trains running on the layout. I am also the layout maintainer. This blog describes various updates on the Randall project and I maintain a separate blog for all my electronics not directly related to Randall.
2019-09-21 - Repair for turnout T410Category Randall
The point had broken on turnout T410, causing some engines to derail or get stuck on the rod. William fixed that on the spot by spiking the point. Since the turnout is on the mainline we don’t want trains to get stuck here.
Here it is after the fix done by William:
The spike is located at the base of the movable point.
From my notes, this turnout was already non functional (either due to wiring issue or motor issue or similar) and we cannot use this siding (the Walong siding).
The layout has a number of these turnouts where the point has broken. They seem hand-made to me.