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HO Scale, #8 Slip Switch Assembly Fixture for Micro Engineering 83 Rail


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The AF-HO-S-8-ME83 is normally stocked but we are currently out. You can still order this part and we will ship it as soon as it is available.

PRICE : $152.89

Save space and add an impressive showpiece to your layout with a Fast Tracks Double Slip Switch built in our assembly fixture.

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One of the most fascinating pieces of trackwork a layout can have is a double slip switch. Typically used in the throat of passenger terminals, they can also be found just about anywhere on a railroad. In addition to looking great, they are also a major space saver when used properly. A double slip switch is two opposing direction turnouts overlaid onto each other. So a double slip switch can save the space of one complete turnout if you have a situation where two turnouts are laid opposing each other on the same line. Fast Tracks assembly fixtures will help you build high-quality hand laid track that:

  • Is Highly Accurate - Build slips that stay in perfect gauge - permanently
  • Performs Perfectly - Eliminates track related derailments
  • Is Economical - Build hundreds of slip switches with one fixture
  • Can Be Built Quickly - Build a slip in a few hours!
  • 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

Craftsman Series ToolsThis product is part of our Craftsman Series of tools designed for modelers who want to go that 'extra mile' to produce outstanding trackwork. It would help if you were prepared to spend extra time and effort learning how to use this product. Click here to learn more about our Craftsman Series of tools. You can build double and single slip switches using a Fast Tracks Double Slip Switch assembly fixture. We only have matching QuickSticks for Double Slip Switches, and we recommend adding some to your order. Single Slip Switches can be completed using individual wood ties, also available from Fast Tracks. If you order a Fast Tracks assembly fixture, we highly recommend that you consider purchasing matching PointForm and StockAid filing tools. This will make the construction of the switch and frog points much easier. Our #4, #5, and #6 slip switches use a solid frog in the centre frogs. That means there are no moving points in the middle of the switch. #8 slip switches have a much lower frog angle and must be built with moveable point frogs to be reliable. This adds to the time it takes to make this switch, as there are 12 moving points in the switch.

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

Below is a cross-reference chart showing which rail other than Micro Engineering is compatible with our fixtures.

Fixture Cut ForRail SizeCompatible With
ME Code 55Code 55Atlas Code 80
ME Code 55Code 55Atlas Code 55
ME Code 55Code 55Peco Code 80
ME Code 70Code 70ME Code 83
ME Code 70Code 70Peco Code 83 (IL-115)
ME Code 70Code 70Peco 75
ME Code 70Code 70Pilz Code 83
ME Code 70Code 70Tilig 83
ME Code 83Code 83ME Code 70
ME Code 83Code 83Peco Code 83 (IL-115)
ME Code 83Code 83Peco 75
ME Code 83Code 83Pilz Code 83
ME Code 83Code 83Tilig 83
ME Code 100Code 100Walthers Code 83
ME Code 100Code 100Roco “Line” 83
ME Code 100Code 100Atlas Code 83
ME Code 100Code 100Atlas Code 100
ME Code 125Code 100C & L 125
ME Code 148Code 100Right-O-Way 148

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3 reviews for HO Scale, #8 Slip Switch Assembly Fixture for Micro Engineering 83 Rail

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Aymar (verified owner)

    Wow, this assembly makes a complex task into an enjoyable and highly precise project. A slight modification is in order when building a double slip as the fixture seems to have been made for a single slip even though it has milled throw-bars in the crossover area. The rails in the crossover are not static but are closure rails themselves while the instructions call for these rail points (toads) to be soldered in place. I am sure a revision of the instructions will be available in the future. So far i have built 5 of these beasts and they work perfectly. This fixture brings JOY to model railroading. Thank you Fast Tracks for giving us a fantastic product.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert Conte (verified owner)

    I thought building a double-slip turnout might be a bit too daunting for me, but this tool made it so much easier than I thought! I noticed the same undocumented adjustments necessary as noted by a previous commenter, so I have nothing to add there. I did have a bit of a problem getting the rail bases to sit squarely on the copper tie strips. This made soldering a bit more difficult for me. I do not have this problem with my other turnout fixtures, so I'm guessing my fixture may not have been cut correctly. Either the tie slots are cut too deep, or the rail flangeways not cut deep enough

  3. 5 out of 5

    todd.ferguson (verified owner)

    I like long turnouts, I cannot lie. And for low angle crossings, single or double slip switches like this number 8 this jig certainly makes the task simpler and easier ensuring great results. A double slip number 8 has 12 points and places where the points join the stock and closure rails. But like every complex assembly the pieces are made and go together one piece at a time. This jig just ensures that the parts are made to the correct lengths and fit together with absolute precision. The result is a complex looking piece of track work that anyone can build and will is both a joy to look at and operate your trains through. I like to build some oddball and different turnouts that aren’t typically prototypical. One I’m thinking about is an Sn3 double slip and perhaps an Sn3 very shallow angle crossing with number 10 frogs. Just for the fun and challenge of it and the big grin it gives me when complete. So, if you have ever thought about a slip switch I can’t recommend these FastTracks jigs enough to help you create as many beautiful looking and operating ones as your head desires.

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Default Turnout Length19.9" (505 mm)This is the length of the turnout on the QuickSticks. Measured from end tie to end tie.
Minimum Turnout Length13.9" (353 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)
1:8 (Ratio)
Decimal = Frog angle in decimal degrees
D/M/S = Deg/Min/Sec
Ratio = Frog angle expressed as a ratio
Diverging Route Radius89" (2261 mm)The minimum radius in a straight 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.
Substitution Radius92" (2337 mm)The approximate radius that the diverging route of a turnout can be fit into. This calculation was made using the shortest possible turnout length measured from the edges of the PC board ties, not the wood ties.
SizeL - 14.5" (368 mm)
W - 3" (76 mm)
H - 0.25" (6 mm)
The physical size of the product
Weight2.096 lbs (0.951 kg)
Material6061 Aluminum
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