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Production Time: 2 to 3 days
The TW-HO-V-8-L will be automatically added to our production queue when it is ordered.
PRICE : $22.79
Struggling to get the layout of the two turnouts for a straight or curved crossover correct? Fast Tracks TwistTies for HO #8 single crossovers make building a perfect crossover a snap! Precise geometry is critical when constructing a crossover on a curve, and TwistTies solves this problem by allowing you to curve the entire crossover as a single unit. Once glued in place, the rail is spiked in place using the pre-drilled spike holes to ensure the proper geometry is maintained.
Track spacing through HO TwistTie single crossovers is 2″ centre to centre.
Using our SweepSticks track forms, you can easily and precisely get a curved crossover laid out and built correctly.
Each TwistTie is laser cut as a single-piece lattice of pre-spaced, pre-drilled wood ties that:
- Can be curved to fit any desired radius while maintaining the turnout size
- Include pre-drilled spike holes that ensure accurate gauging & geometry
- Makes crossover construction faster & easier than traditional methods
- Takes the guesswork out of hand laying curved & straight single crossovers
- Includes etched guidelines to verify rail location
- Pre-spaced ties eliminate tie laying tedium
- Uses stainable wood ties
- Are NMRA compliant
TwistTies are cut from Baltic Birch plywood custom sawn in Finland specifically for Fast Tracks. Like the prototype, the wood grain on our TwistTies runs perpendicular to the rails. The ties are 0.08” (2mm), 7 scale inches thick and 0.11” (2.8mm) 9 scale inches wide. They will match all popular commercially available wood ties, including wood ties available from Fast Tracks. The ties will also match all popular commercial track and our line of QuickSticks.
Each TwistTie can be used to construct one HO #8, left hand single crossover using code 70, 83, or 100 rail and are designed to work with Micro Engineering small spikes.
TwistTies for single crossovers are made from two sections of TwistTies. These two pieces are joined together using our TieClip connectors (included). Once joined, the entire single crossover can be flexed as a single unit and maintain proper geometry. Each TwistTie for Single Crossovers includes both halves needed to build a single crossover, plus the required TieClip joiners.
If you order Fast Tracks TwistTies, we highly recommend that you consider purchasing a matching Frog Helper soldering jig and PointForm tool. This will make the construction of the frog and switch points much easier. You may also consider adding some of our CopperHead PC Board turnout ties (for the throwbar) to your order. The rail will need to be pre-formed if you are building curved turnouts. Our Rail Roller bending tool will make this easy. All these items can be easily added to your order by selecting them from the options above.
When considering what turnout size to use for a curved single crossover, remember that curving a turnout will result in a much sharper radius on the diverging route than what is shown in the turnout specifications. A good rule of thumb is using the largest turnout possible, especially for a curved crossover.
Note: Using our Assembly Fixtures, you will always get better and faster results with less effort. However, if you only need to build a small number of wyes, curved wyes of any radius, or if you prefer all wood tie construction, then TwistTies may be a better option.
|Default Turnout Length||24.5" (622 mm)||This is the length of the turnout on the QuickSticks. Measured from end tie to end tie.
|Diverging Route Angle||7.13 (Decimal)|
|Decimal = Frog angle in decimal degrees
D/M/S = Deg/Min/Sec
Ratio = Frog angle expressed as a ratio
|Diverging Route Radius||" ( 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 - 1.31" (33 mm)|
W - 0.11" (3 mm)
H - 0.08" (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 Gauge||0.66" (17 mm)||The distance between the stock rails.|
|Size||L - 24.5" (622 mm)|
W - 5.5" (140 mm)
H - 0.1" (3 mm)
|The physical size of the product|
|Weight||0.1 lbs (0.045 kg)|
|Material||2mm thick 3 Ply Baltic Birch|
Building Curved (and Straight) Turnouts With Fast Tracks TwistTies
TwistTies offer an alternative to building switches using an assembly fixture, PC Board ties, and solder. Instead, the switch is built using a pre-cut all wood tie lattice. This document provides detailed instructions.
Using the Frog Helper To Build Curved or Straight Turnout Frog Points
The Frog Helper tool works in the same manner as a full-sized assembly fixture but is specifically designed for building frog points. These instructions explain how to use the tool to construct curved or straight points and apply to all scales.
Using The Fast Tracks PointForm Tool To Build Switchpoints
The PointForm tool is not only used to file Frog points. It can also be used to file perfect switch points as well. Here is how it works.
How To Use Fast Tracks SweepSticks
How Fast Tracks SweepSticks can be used to precisely form a perfect radius in flextrack
Using The Fast Tracks Frog Helper To Build Curved Frog Points
The Fast Tracks Frog Helper tool can be used to build precision frogpoints for both straight and curved switches. Here we demonstrate how to build frogpoints for a curved turnout.
Using The Fast Tracks Frog Helper To Build Straight Frog Points
Building precision switch frog points is greatly simplified by using the Fast tracks Frog Helper tool along with the PointForm filing tool. This video demonstrates how.
Bending & Straightening Rail With The Fast Tracks Rail Roller
Bending rail into long smooth curves for curved trackwork can be challenging. The Fast Tracks Rail Roller tool makes this difficult job quick and easy. Plus it can straighten bent rail as well. This video shows you how it works.
Hand Laying Track Using Fast Tracks TwistTies
Fast Tracks TwistTies provides the craftsman with a way to build low cost, realistic looking and accurate all wood tie trackwork using laser cut wood ties, spikes & rail.
Using The Fast Tracks PointForm Tool To Build Frogpoints
Building highly accurate frogpoints is made fast and simple with the Fast Tracks PointForm tool. Here is a detailed demonstration showing you how it works.
Using The StockAid Tool To File The Base Of The Stockrail
Video demonstration on using the StockAid tool to remove the base of the stockrail.
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