Derailment right in front,
Track was rough but don’t…
Despair for me
I replaced the components there!
Fitting power leads I broke,
That piece of curved track (no joke)…
A mill file too large
Ripped it too hard,
In a bucket my head should soak!
Replaced one “left-hand” whose fused
Plastic switch points bar was abused…
Soldering nearly blind
Caused damage of this kind,
To move to the other track it refused!
Eventually spliced in with nerve,
A re-railer formed as a curve…
The old power feeds
Didn’t fill my needs,
Only one terminal rail joiner served!*
The current return lead resoldered,
Took two tries but I bothered…
Some turnout change
I could arrange,
Track changed in ways that mattered!
Terminal rail joiner–a metal piece joining two rail ends with a n electrical lead wire attached to help power track.
Turnout–a track device that switches the train from one track to an alternate route.
Return lead–the wire that returns current in a Direct Current system (like the two rails of model trains)
Re-railer–used to automatically–if installed–put train wheels back on the track in one or more passes.
“Switch points bar”—otherwise known as a throw bar–to move rail points to change the train route.
Derailment–one or more wheels of a train come off the track
mill file- unususally big file to use on delicate model train rails!
A Google Image of misaligned model train trackage