Let’s see some derails used on a layout. I plan to use derails on my “ATSF in Roswell in the 90s” layout, but I have a challenge that I will share later.
B. Smith’s LCN has a number of derails along his layout to protect movements along the line.
Let’s visit the other side of San Angelo.
We will now go visit Marathon to check out the use of derails.
A derail is also used to protect the line at the spur off to the bakery in Marathon.
We have seen derails used at a variety of locations on the LCN. The goal on real railroads is to prevent accidents from unanticipated movements of rolling stock. Re-railing a few cars is always better than a major collision. On HO layout, derails can be used to add operating interest, slow down operations and give an increased feel to operations.
In part III of this series, we will see a derail being used in an actual movement on the LCN.