Fast Tracks jig built turnouts etc.

This is a temporary posting to illustrate a discussion point (excuse the pun!).

The issue is the “correct” width of tie to use. The picture below shows (from left to right)

-turnout using Clover House S scale ties (built on home made jig)

-Precision Scale flex track

-Part built turnout using a stock Fast Tracks jig (On2 #8, code 70) and Clover House S scale PCB ties, over the Fast Tracks plan of same turnout with a Fast Tracks recommended tie (PB-S-N) placed underneath.

-Fast Tracks jig with two part built turnouts using Clover House S scale PCB ties, and a Fast Tracks recommended tie.

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Close-up of the part built turnout using Fast Tracks jig and Clover House S scale PCB ties, on Fast Tracks plan of turnout with a Fast Tracks recommended tie (PB-S-N) placed underneath.

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Use the link on the right titled Fast Tracks to get directly to their On2 page.

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Right of Way, prototype, switches

  • Please note that blue highlighted links will not work until further work and notice.
  • Russ Simpson writes: the Oct 1913 SR&RL RR drawing for their Standard Turnout with #9 frog (available from Robert Schlechter and Gary Kohler), shows the ties were 6×6 with lengths within the turnout from 5-3 to 7-10. A tie before the throwbar ties was 5-0. The two throwbar ties were 7x9x11-6. Tie spacing varies between (most commonly) 19 to 21 center to center through the turnout. 
  • Terry Smith writes: the September 1913 B&SR RR drawing for their Standard Turnout with #8 frog (which was supplied by Gary Kohler), specifies ties which were 6×6 with lengths within the turnout from 5-2 to 7-10. A tie before the throw-bar ties was 5-0. The two throwbar ties were 7x9x11-6. Tie spacing varies from 15 to 21 inch centres through the turnout, with 20 inch being the most frequent spacing. Of interest perhaps to model railroaders, the drawing specifies the radius of the curved switchblade as 226 feet which scales out to a radius on centreline of 68.25 inches in 1:48 scale.