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  • #16
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    Originally posted by adrian_batey


    Does anyone just use the printable templates from the site and the filing jig to build there turnout?


    I used to

    Like Les, I still use the printable templates for any turnouts I need that I don't own a jig for. It doesn't pay to buy the jig for 1 or 2 turnouts. I presently own the #4 and #5 jigs as well as the #4, #5 #6 and #8 point forming tools. With these I can build any turnout I require.
    Ron Newby

    General Manager

    Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

    http://cvry.ca

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    • #17
      I am sure that I will travel the way with the templates also - seems like a good idea to me.

      If I can get to the cabin this weekend, I will post a couple pictures for you Randy - Show what

      is in the kit, and quite possibly a picture of my first turnout!

      If I get the hang of this, I will have about 14- 18 Shinohara code 70 NIB turnouts to get rid of!

      The Geezer

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      • #18
        Geezer,

        Once you roll a truck through a Fast Tracks turnout, you will never look at the Shinoharas again. the other plus is that Fast Tracks switches *stay* flat for better electrical pickup.

        They are also fun to make and go together super fast if you happen to have resistance soldering equipment.
        http://www.dougcoffey.com/html/model_railroad.html

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        • #19
          Just remember you can build a switch without a Fast Tracks jig system. You also have to like using the PC ties. For my money a 1" belt sander is a way better investment and speeds things up tremendously. I made jigs out of wood to standardize cutting the various parts for the switch components. I have a chunk of Homasote that is my frog building jig. I lay the switches on a photocopy of a prototype switch. I just finished laying 37 switches in my yard area It took a couple months of an hour or two several nights a week to do it.
          Dave Husman



          Iron Men and wooden cars

          Visit my website : www.wnbranch.com

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          • #20
            No small feat you have accomplished Dave! Wow! Thats a lot of work!

            Your ideas are great, and all well within reach of most guys here on

            the forum.

            I chose fast tracks because of availability and ease oc construction.

            I have a almost complete wood working show, and could manage the

            jigs & such too. Just mo opinion....

            The Geezer

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            • #21
              Here ya go Randy -

              It took me about an hour & 45 minutes to put together my first "Fast Tracks" #5 turnout.

              Not too pretty, but hell for stout!!



              I haven't cut the gaps for the frog yet, but will do that tomorrow when I feel like braving the cold & digging around in the garage for the jewelers saw.



              The pictures are not in sequence, but you get the idea.



              The next one shows the points and throw-bar. The points will be soldered to the throw-bar next.



              Using the jig, it was easier than I expected, and it is in gauge!!! I rolled two different sets of trucks throug without a hitch!

              I hope this little bit gives you the push that you need!

              All comments and suggestions much appreciated.

              The Geezer

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              • #22
                Hey Geezer,

                Congratulations on building your first turnout, it looks great. You will be a pro in no time.

                Just one comment, be careful where you cut the frog to insulate it. If you cut there it is shown on the paper templates you will need another gap cut in the last PC tie (it's missing between the frog rails).
                Ron Newby

                General Manager

                Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

                http://cvry.ca

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                • #23
                  Geezer,

                  Very Kool, I will start polishing that gold spike for when you finish your pike .

                  Larry

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                  • #24
                    ...very nice Geezer...that template gives me some ideas that may expand its utility...PM to you...Larry T

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                    • #25
                      Ut-oh!! Thanks for catching that Ron! I will try to fix it today...I was

                      really suprised to see how easy the jig makes it work out! I hafta

                      try harder on the next one!

                      The Geezer

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                      • #26
                        Geezer,

                        That is why the dremel tool was invented to touch up those isolation cuts .... I usually check all the rails with my voltmeter to make sure all the cuts were made and are good.
                        Tom M.

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