MTH has a number of gondolas carrying a switch or a crossover like the one pictured. I always thought this was just toy train fancy. The other day while driving US 23 in Ohio along the NS tracks I thought I saw a gondola carrying what looked like a turnout, but my view was partly obstructed by trees and I was driving 60 MPH. What might have I seen?
I can't vouch for your sanity, but I've seen gondolas with panel track components inside, including turnout sections. Sadly, camera wasn't at the ready.
Oh, you might have seen something like this;
Yep, I think that is what I saw.
I've seen gondolas carrying turnouts down here before on the FEC line.
Gondolas with racks for carrying fabricated sections of track or plates wider than 120 inches. South Shore's Burnham Yard about October, 2016. John in Lansing, ILL
I've seen racks, but not with track. I assumed they were for large plate metals. My buddy said he saw a switch stood sideways, and I blew it off with "Nah; that it would never fit". 😑 🤐
I can't believe I missed it by that much.
Yes, l have seen that. Makes good sense to me.
It's not a gondola, but this passed by us at work a couple weeks ago. It was pretty impressive seeing an entire switch roll by in a train.
Aren't these the old Roco's? Where are the funny, short rail joiners that are supposed to go between the two sections of the switch but always get lost?
Interesting add to a MOW train.
I don't have a photo, but I have seen track switches pass through Kayne Avenue yard, Nashville TN, on rail cars. I cannot remember now if they were gondolas or some sort of purpose built car, but I have seen it.
LOTS of money sitting in those pre-fab switches. (Last I heard was something like $30k to $60k for a switch kit.) Those pre-fabs are very helpful for a shoo-fly around a derailment or replacing an entire switch in a yard, etc.
Many times I've also seen a switch kit assembled beside the switch they're going to replace, and when the switch is assembled, the hustle is on to remove the old switch and cut-in the new one. I've also had to wait just short of the stop signal/derail protection for the MOW to finishing tying-in the new switch before I can pass over it with my train. Lots happening on an active/busy railroad.
My, my, my.
What a difference between what you think you saw and a picture that everyone can see.