Marc, you mentioned that you've built turnouts with phosphor bronze point ends (or so I understood). One of your turnout pictures on www.gn15.info
) seems to show one of those, is that right?
The November Small Layout Scrapbook
of Carl Arendt, with its article about the Bekonscot railway, which uses sprung points (turnouts), made me wonder how such sprung points might be constructed in model form.
I'm wondering if your single blade turnout design with phosphor bronze point end could be used as a sprung point. I like the idea of using a flexible wiper at the end of the point blade, because it would appear to reduce the risk of derailing when the blade is forced open by a train approaching from the "wrong" direction.
We're so used to seeing two-bladed turnouts, that I must confess that a single blade design is new to me. However, it looks well suited for a sprung turnout, in which trains approaching from the toe end always travel through the turnout in the same direction (so that the missing blade is not needed). Is this correct?
Hope this is not too confusing...