I have just laid down my first Templot crossing template and am about to start building the track work for my layout 'Stonequarry Creek'. http://stonequarrycreek.blogspot.com.au
While learning to use Templot I was seeking information on the Templot users group http://85a.co.uk/forum/view_topic.php?id=2385&forum_id=1. This group was very helpful, particularly a fellow who signed off his posts as Matt M. Matt M seemed to know an awful lot about NSWGR point work and mentioned the use of stock rail joggles.
For anybody that doesn't know what a joggle is, it is a sharp S curve type bend in the stock rail. This allows the switch rail to sit against the stock rail protecting the leading edge of the switch rail.
As I am using three way machined switch rails to build my points and will therefore not be removing any stock rail material, I was contemplating using joggles. After a few experiments with a little tool I made, I can get some nice joggles formed in code 70 rail.
As Matt M states on the Templot forum there were three types of switched. Standard, Heavy Duty and Housed. As the crossing I am building is on the main line, maybe a heavy duty point is required which utilises a joggle. I feel using joggles may make building the points easier also.
I was hoping somebody on here, possibly even Matt M would have some more information/photos of NSWGR points built with joggles. If Matt M is correct in saying that points were built like this in NSW, did it occur during the 1950s? I realise the other way of building, which I have already tried is to add a set to the stock rail. What I did notice here though is that the gauge can narrow slightly near the switch rail lead area. I am sure refining the building process would fix this though.
I thought I had better ask the question before setting off full steam ahead. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.