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ME Code 55 Rail
HO Scale, #8, Curved Turnout Kit for ME Code 55 Rail - 40/30"R (Rail Included)
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Buy a complete curved turnout track building kit and get everything you need to start building high quality, hand laid HO scale curved turnouts!
Each kit includes all of the tools and supplies that you need to start building NMRA compliant, 40"R or 30"R curved turnouts. Get results that will easily out-perform store bought track with no special skills and guaranteed results.
Built To Order
Part No :
This kit includes enough rail to build 5 complete switches. If you do not need rail you can order the
same kit without rail
. Note that the rail is cut into 18 inch (46 cm) lengths to reduce shipping costs.
This kit comes complete with everything you need including:
1 - HO scale, #8, Code 55, 40R/30R, Curved Turnout Assembly Fixture (AF-HO-R-8-ME55-40-30)
1 - Code 55, #8 PointForm Tool (PF-8-S)
5 - HO scale, #8, Curved Turnout Laser Cut Ties (LT-HO-R-8-40-30)
4 - Frets
CopperHead PC Board Ties
for Turnouts - enough to build 10 Turnouts (CH-HO-S)
22 - 18 inch (46 cm) pieces of Micro Engineering code 55 rail (17-055-C)
1 - Small Diameter Solder (SP-0003)
1 - Pliobond Contact Cement with 2 micro dispensing tips (SP-0001)
Need to build more than 5 turnouts? Check below for a list of the items that are included in this kit.
Click on the links below to learn more about how Fast Tracks tools and supplies can help you build better railroads
The complete Assembly Fixture Builders Guide
How the Fast Tracks PointForm tool makes it easy to construct frog & switch points
Using the StockAid tool to file the stock rail
Soldering trackwork - easier than you think!
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Default Turnout Length
14.6" (371 mm)
This is the length of the turnout on the QuickSticks. Measured from end tie to end tie.
Minimum Turnout Length
11" (279 mm)
This is the shortest possible turnout length. Measured from the end PC board tie to end PC board tie.
Diverging Route Angle
7° / 7' / 48"
Decimal - The frog angle in decimal degrees.
D/M/S - The frog angle in Degrees / Minutes / Seconds
Ratio - The frog angle expressed as a ratio.
The radius of the outside route of a curved turnout.
The approximate radius of the inside route of a curved turnout.
Diverging Route Radius
The minimum radius in a straight turnout.
Tie Spacing (Prototype)
20" (508 mm)
The distance between each tie.
Tie Size (Model)
L - 1.17" (29.7 mm)
W - 0.1" (2.6 mm)
H - 0.08" (2 mm)
The actual size of the tie.
Tie Size (Prototype)
L - 8.5' (2591 mm)
W - 9" (229 mm)
H - 7" (178 mm)
The original tie size that the model was based on.
Secondary Frog Angle
The second frog angle for any switch that has two frogs. (Slip switches, 3-ways, dual gauge switches, etc)
0.66" (16.8 mm)
The distance between the stock rails.
The center to center distance of the parallel track. (Only applies to double crossovers)
The approximate radius that a straight turnout can be inserted into.
Fixture Size (L/W/H)
" x 6
" x 0.25"
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Building Trackwork With Fast Tracks
Completing Trackwork With QuickSticks
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