This particular web page focuses on the building of a turn out utilzing the
jigs which ensures quality & consistency with each switch built.
That's right, before we start building turnouts, we need to understand the process and how to make best use of the Fast Tracks jigs.
Fast Tracks have assembled 12 excellent videos that guide you through the process of building a turnout.
It is highly recommended you view these videos in advance as they clearly describe each step in the process.
These can be found on their website at:
or by clicking on these links (these are located on Youtube.com):
Also, you will need to assemble the following parts before we begin construction:
- Building A Turnout, Step 1 - Pre-Forming The Guardrails
- Building A Turnout, Step 2 - Pre-Forming The Frog Point
- Building Building A Turnout, Step 3 - Hinged vs. Fixed Points
- Building A Turnout, Step 4 - Adding The PCB Ties
- Building A Turnout, Step 5 - Preparing & Installing The Stockrails
- Building A Turnout, Step 6 - Preparing & Installing The Switchpoints
- Building A Turnout, Step 7 - Installing The Guardrails
- Building A Turnout, Step 8 - Installing The Frogpoints
- Building A Turnout, Step 9 - Installing The Throwbar
- Building A Turnout, Step 10- Cleaning The Trackwork
- Building A Turnout, Step 11- Gluing The Trackwork To QuickSticks
- Building A Turnout, Step 12 - Cutting The Gaps In The Rail
You will also need to bring along some tools, we recommend the following:
- Rail (code 83 or 70)
- PCB ties
- Quicksticks (Fast Tracks laser cut ties)
- Solder & flux (acid type preferred)
- Pliobond Adhesive
- Printed turnout templates
- Mill file 10 inch , bastard or fine cut
- Flat needle file
- Soldering iron, app. 25 watt
- Flush cutting pliers
- Needle nose pliers
- NMRA Track Gauge
- Fine/medium felt tip marker
This Web page is maintained by
Grant Knowles and was last updated on Sept, 2015.