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HO Scale, #8, 24R/20R Curved Turnout Fixture for Micro Eng 100 Rail

AF-HO-R-8-ME100-24-20
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Production Time: 5 days

The AF-HO-R-8-ME100-24-20 will be automatically added to our production queue when it is ordered.

PRICE : $152.89

There is never enough space on any model railroad to fit in everything we want. But working some curved turnouts into your design will go a long way to giving you some extra space! Commercial curved turnouts are notoriously troublesome. Curved turnouts built using Fast Tracks tools operate trouble-free as they can hold the high tolerances needed for a smoothly running curved switch.

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We have spent a lot of time determining the most popular combination of radii on our line of HO curved turnout fixtures. Our curved turnout fixtures are designed around the “bent turnout” principle; that is, we’ve started with a standard #8 straight turnout and, using some sophisticated CAD software, “bent” it to an outside radius of 24“R (609.6mm). The inside radius of 20“R (508mm) is a product of that process. As the inside radius comprises three different radii, we’ve calculated an average radius from those sizes and stated them as the inside radius. It is safe to rely on that number as an accurate inside radius in your track planning.

Hand laying your own HO #8 code 100, 24” outside radius and 20” inside radius (609.6mm/508mm) curved turnouts is not as hard as you might think! Tools and technology designed and manufactured by Fast Tracks now make it possible for you to build your own high-quality, NMRA compliant curved turnouts. Build curved turnouts that not only look great but will eliminate track-related derailments and frustration. Fast Tracks assembly fixtures will help you build high-quality hand laid track that:

  • Is Highly Accurate – Build curved turnouts that stay in perfect gauge – permanently
  • Performs Perfectly – Eliminates track related derailments
  • Is Economical – Build hundreds of curved turnouts with one fixture
  • Is Easy To Build – No special skills are needed
  • Can Be Built Quickly – Build a curved turnout in less than an hour!
  • Looks Great! – Get results that rival even the most experienced modelers
  • Lets You Work in Comfort – Build trackwork at your workbench
  • Is NMRA Compliant – Will work with any NMRA compliant equipment

Each assembly fixture can be used to build right or left hand HO #8 code 100, 24” outside radius and 20” inside radius (609.6mm/508mm) curved turnouts. Using Fast Tracks tools and supplies, building curved turnouts is not much different from building straight turnouts and does not require any special skills. The only real difference is that the rail is curved, so you may want to consider purchasing one of our Rail Rollers, making it very easy to bend rail into smooth and consistent radiuses.

As Fast Tracks curved turnouts are straight turnouts that have been curved, the frog is also curved, but still, a standard #8 turnout, which means that you can use our standard PointForm tool to construct the frog. If you order a Fast Tracks assembly fixture, we highly recommend that you consider including the PointForm and StockAid points filing tools. This will make the construction of the switch and frog points much easier. You may also consider including some CopperHead PC Board ties and our matching Laser Cut QuickSticks to your order. Unlike ready-to-run turnouts, the stated radiuses for Fast Track’s curved turnouts are very accurate.

Click on the Supplies Tab above to add additional items needed to build curved turnouts to your order. Try our Supplies Calculator to determine the consumable items you will need for your trackwork project.

Fast Tracks Rail Roller
Use the Fast Tracks RailRoller tool to pre-bend rail used in curved track fixtures.

Failure to pre-bend the rail for curved trackwork will result in solder joint failure over time!

 

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PARAMETERVALUEDETAILS
Default Turnout Length14.7" (373 mm)This is the length of the turnout on the QuickSticks. Measured from end tie to end tie.
Minimum Turnout Length11.2" (284 mm)This is the shortest possible turnout length. Measured from the end PC board tie to end PC board tie.
Diverging Route Angle7.13 (Decimal)
7°/7'/48"(D/M/S)
1:8 (Ratio)
Decimal = Frog angle in decimal degrees
D/M/S = Deg/Min/Sec
Ratio = Frog angle expressed as a ratio
Outside Radius24" (610 mm)The radius of the outside route of a curved turnout.
Inside Radius20" (508 mm)The approximate radius of the inside route of a curved turnout.
Tie Spacing (Prototype)20" (508 mm)Tie spacing center of tie to center of tie.
Tie Size (Model)L - 1.17" (30 mm)
W - 0.1" (3 mm)
H - 0.0625" (2 mm)
The actual size of the tie.
Tie Size (Prototype)L - 8.5' (2.6 m)
W - 9"(229 mm)
H - 7" (178 mm)
The original tie size that the model was based on.
Track Gauge0.66" (17 mm)The distance between the stock rails.
SizeL - 13.5" (343 mm)
W - 6" (152 mm)
H - 0.25" (6 mm)
The physical size of the product
Weight1.947 lbs (0.883 kg)
Material6061 Aluminum
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