Track Laying on the Eagle Point Railroad
15,000 Feet and Counting

Newly Expanded Eagle Point Yard

Yard in Full Use for Card-Order

The Eagle Point Railroad is on 37 acres of some fairly rugged terrain for a riding scale railroad, so some basic ideal standards are not possible. The track has been built to standards from the beginning in 2000, however, those standards had to be adjusted early on, as broad sweeping mainline curves do not fit well in a mountain branchline setting. About 95% of the track is on grade and curved.

There are three types of track; mainline with 2% grade and 60' radius, mountain branchline with 2½% grade and 50' radius, plus over 60 industrial tracks, along with several yards.

All track is for 7½" gauge trains up to 2½" scale. Standard clearance is 24" from centerline, however, there are some obstructions at 18"; keep your knees and elbows in…

Basic Track Building Standards

Track screw pattern holds gauge and keeps ties from folding; same as prototypes. Note that the screw pattern forms an arrow, which is the directions a loosened rail will slide.

All screws have washers.
The above screw pattern allows easy joining of new panels to existing track without the need to cut rail when connecting the two panels, as demonstrated below.

EPRR Turnout Designs for #6, #7, #8, #10

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Track and Roadbed
An ideal track would use a 48" base, a mountain railroad is lucky to get 36". Most of Eagle Point track is 36" ballast shown in dark gray and medium gray profile.

Track and Turnout
Construction Area

Turnout and track jigs

Custom wye turnout on jig

Staining 15" ties

Assembling 10' panels in jig

#8 turnout in jig

Laying Track

Process has change little since 2001

Set ballast frame, fill, tamp,
add 10' of track
Done 1,500 times so far

Track laid from 30° to 95°

Ballast for last panel at Promontory
Laying in Small Yard

Set frame

Fill with ballast and tamp

Add track, set next frame

Finished 3-track industry
Laying Track on a Steep Slope
Set frame at grade and level

Add retaining wall and tamped dirt

Finished wall and track
Adding New Branch

Just drop in a turnout

Cut out existing track

Lay sub-roadbed for new branch

Completed new junction

Custom Track Laying Fairly Routine

Several custom fits to make it all work.

Installing tight-fit crossing

Wye turnout and curved turnout
starting at frog

Pair of crossing on curved shop
lead built in place when new
yard added

3-way turnout with removable
points to close overhead door

Wye in the valley

Wye over the mountain gorge

End of 88' tunnel

Trestle work past rock out crop

Adding track on an overhang

Arch over Stillhouse creek

Any help on the cut was welcome

Last days of cut after 18-months

Turnout in cut

Continue up or go back down

Routine scenes on railroad
Annual weed control work

Happens a couple times a year

Red means approaching train
Must be snow plow...

Dealing with Extreme Rains

Wye track under water
extreme rain

Area before drains were added

Shows why concrete footers
were used

Clogged drain pipe.

Why ash-pans should be checked

As built

Repairs required after fire

Rebuilt with fire pans