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  1. We created a modular system to build track switches for LEGO® Trains. There are 9 different parts that allow you to create up to 16 different types of switches. You can find all the details on our Kickstarter page which we just launched. Make a pledge if you want to support this project and everything we do! Here are some pictures of our switches:Continuous curve switch: fits in a perfect circle. Parallel track switch: you have the option to put the ground throw on the outside so it doesn't block over-sized cars. Single crossover: create smooth single crossovers with a 8 stud space in between the parallel tracks. Double crossover: with 4 independent switches allowing you to run the train parallel.
  2. The last 2 weekends NILTC has participated in shows, first at the Abbey in Fontana WI and last weekend at the Arlington Heights (IL) Library. We were given the first prototype R104 double crossover from Coaster to try out. Ballasting was straight forward as seen here: The track is sitting on 2 32x32 and 1 16x32 baseplates for a total of 80x32. I was nervous at first because the flanges of the train wheels were bottoming out. This could have been a problem because we had the crossover on the mains but this only seemed to be happening when the trains were switching lines. When we ran the trains on the straights there was no problem. As the show went on, we saw less and less issues with the trains switching lines. It was like the tracks just needed a breaking in period.I created a video from my phone of the different trains going over the crossover at the Abbey show. It got to the point I wanted to see how fast I could do the crossing and with the exception of the CoNO, speed did not seem to be a problem. Overall I am pleased with the crossover and look forward to Coaster's next iteration, which will have more studs on the stringers. Coaster, I saw in another thread that Shapeways does a polished 3D print. Would that be an option here? Thanks to the CrispyBassist CMF for collecting all the telemetry data.