Single-Slip vs. Double-Slip Crossing- Difference?

Discussion in 'N Scale' started by jwaldo, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. jwaldo

    jwaldo TrainBoard Member

    Hi all,

    I noticed Peco has both a double-slip and a single-slip crossover. Aside from price, what is the difference between the two? I'm working on a layout plan that uses a something-slip crossover, and I'm not sure which would be better

    Thanks all :teeth:
  2. Triplex

    Triplex TrainBoard Member

  3. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Some of the links posted in this thread have a lot of information.
  4. jwaldo

    jwaldo TrainBoard Member

    Thanks! :shade: Looks like a double-slip crossover will provide me with more versatile switching options. Oh, my aching wallet! :p
  5. porkypine52

    porkypine52 TrainBoard Member

    You can use a single/double slip on a main line, but I wouldn't. Too many issues of cars/engines picking points. It may save you a little space, but slip switches are a maintenance headache a lot of times.

    You will see slips on trackwork leading into a big station just to save space and to be able to access any platform from any track. Usually slips are crossed at low/slow speed.

    I cannot remember seeing single/double slips out on a working main line.
  6. jwaldo

    jwaldo TrainBoard Member


    Mine will be on an industrial siding where 2 tracks connect to a runaround track. A less complex solution would be nice, but I just don't have the space.
  7. umtrr-author

    umtrr-author TrainBoard Supporter

    Because, on the prototype, this is really expensive trackwork, the chances are that it wouldn't be used on industrial sidings unless absolutely necessary (and they are Really Good Customers).

    You might want to post what you're trying to do and see if anyone can come up with an alternative. A more common solution might be to have the sidings cross each other after diverging from the runaround track using simple turnouts; again, if space permits.
  8. jwaldo

    jwaldo TrainBoard Member

    A picture! Glad I thought of it! :embarassed:

    Here's the track plan. The blue track is the loco runaround track:


    The layout is 4x5 feet, so I'm trying to go with the most space-saving option I can. Not to mention double-slip switches are just plan neat :p

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