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 ensures accurate gauging & geometry
- Makes turnout construction faster & easier than traditional methods
- Takes the guesswork out of hand laying curved & straight turnout
- Includes etched guidelines to verify rail location
- Pre-spaced ties eliminates tie laying tedium
- Uses stainable wood ties
- Are NMRA compliant
TwistTies are cut from very pliable Baltic Birch plywood custom sawn in Finland specifically for Fast Tracks. The wood grain runs perpendicular to the rails with ties that are scale 7" (178 mm) thick and 9" (229 mm) wide and will match all popular commercially available wood ties and flextrack.
Each TwistTie can be used to construct one HO scale, #6, right hand single crossover using code 70, 83 or 100 rail and are designed to work with Micro Engineering small spikes (Part #30-106).
TwistTies for single crossovers are made from two sections of TwistTies. These two pieces are joined together using our TieClip connectors. Once joined together, the entire single crossover can be flexed as a single unit and still 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 want to consider adding a bundle of PC Board ties (for the throwbar) to your order. If you are building curved turnouts the rail will need to be pre-formed. Our Rail Roller bending tool will make this easy. All of these items can be added to your cart from the Accessories & Optional items list below.
When considering what turnout size to use for a curved single crossover keep in mind that curving a turnout will result in a much sharper radius on the diverging route that what is shown in the turnout specifications. A good rule of thumb is to use the largest turnout size possible, especially for a curved crossover.
Note : You will always get better and faster results with less effort using our Assembly Fixtures. However if you only need to build a small number of turnouts, curved turnouts of any radius, or if you prefer all wood tie construction, then TwistTies may be a better option for you.
Click on the links below to learn more about how Fast Tracks tools and supplies can help you build better railroads
TwistTies Users Guide
How the Fast Tracks PointForm Tool Makes It Easy To Construct Frog & Switch Points
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