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June 20, 2014 - FreightCrate Rolling Stock Boxes added

 

Responding to repeated requests to offer rolling stock carrying cases similar to the boxes seen in use on Tim Warris's CNJ Bronx Terminal layout, Fast Tracks has released a full line of laser cut car totes for storing and transporting delicate models. 

FreightCrates by Fast Tracks, secure, reliable transport for rolling stock.

  • Stackable
  • Secure, locking lid
  • Assembles in 15-30 minutes
  • Pre-Cut bubble wrap cradles included
  • Precision laser cut from 1/8" hardboard
  • Easy to assemble tabbed construction
  • Rugged, box jointed design for additional strength
  • Designed to fit equipment precisely - no compromises necessary!


Check them out here...


Feb 1, 2013 - CopperHead PC Board Ties added

CopperHead PC Board Ties 

A completely new approach to manufacturing PC board ties, our CopperHead ties are routed from solid PC board material instead of the traditional method of stamping or shearing. 

This new approach has the following benefits:

  • Crisp, clean shape - ties machined to size have very crisp, smooth edges
  • Precise - machined ties are more consistent in size than those stamped or sheared to size
  • 100% Flat - no warping or twisting is introduced into the tie from a shearing operation
  • Less Prep Work ties are supplied almost ready to use, very little clean up required before use
  • Accurate pre-gapping - CopperHead cross ties are supplied precisely pre-gapped
  • Consistant Supply - machining CopperHead ties is a smoother operation for us, allowing for a more consistent supply


Check them out here...


July 25, 2012 - SideWinder Horizontal BullFrog Mounting Kit added

SideWinder Horizontal BullFrog Mounting Kit  

To reduce the space required to mount a BullFrog manual switch machine even further a SideWinder mounting kit will allow a BullFrog switch machine to be mounted horizontally in as little as 1 1/8"! A great solution for modelers wanting to hide a switch machine on a second deck of a layout or any other location where space is very limited.

An added benefit of The SideWinder is that it will reverse the operation of the BullFrog switch machine, that is, pulling the control knob toward the operator, will move the switch points of a turnout toward the operator. On a standard BullFrog switch machine this motion is reversed.

Check them out here...





March 22, 2012 - BullFrog Bulk Packs added

  The majority of orders we receive for BullFrogs and Control Rods are typically for multiple units so it made sense to us to add bulk packs to our BullFrog line. 5 and 10 packs are now available at a 10% discounted rate!

Check them out here...




February 11, 2012 - Double End Z Bend Connectors for BullFrogs

  February 11, 2012 - Double End Z Bend Connectors for BullFrogs Want to control your BullFrog Switch Machine from two locations? Using the Double End Z Bend Connectors will allow you to do just that. Useful in applications such as Free-mo layout modules, the double end connectors enable you to join two control rods to your BullFrog switch machine.

Order your Double End Z Bend Connectors here...




October 24, 2010 - Follow us on Facebook!

  Why follow on Facebook?  What's all the hype about?  Our Facebook presence will allow modelers to keep up to date with the latest developments at Fast Tracks, take advantage of "special deals" and maintain a more intimate relationship with the developers of Fast Tracks tools.

Feel free to post to our Facebook wall, upload images of your latest trackwork or take part in forum discussions!

Simply click the Like button to join in the fun!

You can join the Fast Tracks Facebook page here...




June 28, 2010 - SweepSticks - Laser Cut Track Forms

  Shaping commercial flextrack into consistent, smooth curves can be challenging.  With our new SweepSticks track forms, this is now easily and precisely done!  Simply insert the SweepStick between the rails of flextrack and place onto your roadbed.  The SweepSticks will hold the flextrack at your desired radius while it is spiked or glued in place.

Available in a large variety of popular radiuses in all scales and gauges as well as straight and custom sizes.

You can order our new SweepSticks here...






May 26, 2010 - Mono Frog Juicer Now Available

  The Mono Frog Juicer automatically and instantly switches the polarity of a single frog as the engine passes over the turnout. No more complicated wiring or electro-mechanical switches are needed. Instead you simply connect power to the Frog Juicer and a single wire to the frog. The Frog Juicer takes care of the rest!

Mono Frog Juicers provide the same functionality as the popular Hex Frog Juicers, but in a more economical single unit, controlling one turnout instead of six.

Learn more about Mono Frog Juicers here....





August 16, 2009 - BullFrog Videos Now Available

BullFrog Manual Turnout Control Video   We have completed production of a number of videos that nicely demonstrate how the BullFrog manual turnout control works, and the accessories that we have available for it.

We have also finished putting together a video series that shows you how to assemble the unassembled version of the BullFrog. If you have been thinking about giving the BullFrog a try, but had a few nagging doubts, have a look at these videos. We think you will be convinced that the BullFrog is more than up to the task!




July 8, 2009 - The BullFrog, Low Cost Manual Turnout Control

BullFrog Manual Turnout Control   One of the least expensive manual turnout controls available anywhere, the BullFrog not only offers a low cost manual turnout control solution, but includes all of the same features you come to expect from a turnout control plus more, including:
  • Integrated Control Rod Mount
  • Automatic Power Routing
  • Very Small Mounting Footprint
  • Solid, Robust Operation
  • Full Selection of Supporting Products
The BullFrog is available to order now.




July 1, 2009 - Fast Tracks Appointed Exclusive Online Retailer For Hex Frog Juicer

Hex Frog Juicer   Fast Tracks is pleased to announce that they have been appointed by Tam Valley Depot as the exclusive internet retailer for the Hex Frog Juicer automatic frog polarity reverser.

The Hex Frog Juicer is an easy to use, electronically controlled switch that automatically and instantly switches the polarity of the frog as the engine passes over a switch. It eliminates the need for complicated wiring or electro-mechanical switches for all types of switches, but is especially helpful for double crossovers and crossings.

You can learn more about the Hex Frog Juicer here.




May 11, 2009 - Updated! Fast Tracks PointForm Tool Builders Guide

Using The Fast Tracks PointForm Tool   The latest version of our PointForm Tool Builders Guide has been expanded and enhanced with more tips and tricks for building flawless frog and switch points. This new document also includes larger, clearer images with links to super-sized, high resolution pictures on our website.

Even if you are an old hand at filing frog and switch points with the PointForm, we recommend that you download our new PointForm Tool Builders Guide. Well worth the read!




April 29, 2009 - New TieBreaker Tool Significantly Reduces Turnout Construction Time

PC Board TieBreaker Tool   Reduce the amount of time it takes to build a turnout by up to 30% with the Fast Tracks TieBreaker PC Board Tie cutting tool! The TieBreaker holds each PC Board tie at just the right position making it fast and easy to cut them to the exact length that you need to build a turnout.

TieBreakers are currently available for Turnouts in all common scales.





April 22, 2009 - Dual Gauge Track Building Kits Released

Dual Gauge Track Building Kits   Another one of our more popular requests are for complete dual gauge track building kits. So today we are pleased to announce that we now have track building kits for HO/HOn3, S/Sn3 and N/Nn3 dual gauge turnouts.

Each kit comes with everything you need to build two left side and two right side dual gauge turnouts.




April 17, 2009 - Dual Gauge QuickSticks Now Available

Dual Gauge QuickSticks   We have had dual gauge assembly fixtures available for quite some time, but not the QuickSticks. So we thought it was about time that we rectified that situation.

Today we released a complete selection of dual gauge QuickSticks for HO/HOn3, S/Sn3 and N/Nn3 dual gauge trackwork. They include both right hand and left hand versions with the narrow gauge on either the left or right sides.

We have also added special narrow gauge QuickSticks just for building just narrow gauge turnouts in a dual gauge assembly fixture.

You will find a complete listing of our dual gauge QuickSticks here.





March 24, 2009 - New After Hours Modeling Video Series

After Hours Modeling Video Series   Sometimes you can learn a lot just by being able to watch over someone's shoulder as they are working. So we thought that considering how much time Tim actually spends at his workbench building all sorts of switches and trackwork for testing and samples, why not just set up a video camera and record him while he is working?

We are calling this series of videos "After Hours Modeling". The first one is Tim building an Nn3, #6, code 55 turnout from start to finish. No narration, no heavy editing. Just Tim, a glass of wine, CBC radio in the background, and Tim building trackwork.




March 21, 2009 - UPDATED! Soldering Trackwork in a Fast Tracks Assembly Fixture

Soldering Trackwork in a Fast Tracks Assembly Fixture   We have taken everything we have learned about soldering trackwork over the past six years (and many years of personal learning before that) and condensed it down to just the information that will help you build great looking, reliable trackwork.

The result is our fully revised and illustrated Soldering Trackwork document. If you are new to soldering, or even if you are an old pro, we encourage you to download this document before you build your next turnout. It is jammed packed with tips and information that we are sure you will help hone your soldering skills.

If you would rather not be bothered with downloading, you can read this document right in your browser .




March 4, 2009 - Using Fast Tracks Assembly Fixtures To Build Stub Turnouts

Using Fast Tracks Assembly Fixtures To Build Stub Turnouts   One of the more common questions we get from our customers is if we have assembly fixtures for building stub turnouts. Well, the good news is if you already own a Fast Tracks Assembly Fixture and supporting tools, then you already have everything you need to build a stub switch!

The only thing missing was a Builders Guide that provided step-by-step instructions on how to build the turnout and the bridle. Not any more! Today we are pleased announce that our fully illustrated Stub Turnout Builders Guide is ready for download now.




February 18, 2009 - Turnout Builders Guide Updated!

Building Turnouts Using Fast Tracks Assembly Fixtures Builders Guide   After four years our How To Build A Turnout Users' Guide was getting a bit long in the tooth and was badly in need of a full re-write and update. Since we first wrote our Users' Guide, we have not only improved and refined the techniques for building turnouts in an assembly fixture, but have also added a number of new tools that make turnout construction just that much easier.

So today we are pleased to announce our greatly expanded, New & Improved turnout Builders Guide! Our new Builders Guide not only includes more tips and techniques for building great running turnouts, but now includes over 100 full color images that are not only larger, but are also linked to super-sized, high resolution pictures on our website.

Before you build your next turnout (or any switch type for that matter) in a Fast Tracks assembly fixture, we recommend that you download our new Building Turnouts Using Fast Tracks Assembly Fixtures Builders Guide. We think you will find it a great read!




January 29, 2009 - Fast Tracks Issued NMRA Warrant 2009-0001

Fast Tracks NMRA Warrant 2009-0001   We are excited and very pleased to announce that the National Model Railroad Association has awarded Fast Tracks Warrant number 2009-0001, covering ALL model railroad track fixtures and tools that we manufacture.

While all of our tools have always been designed from the ground up to produce NMRA compliant trackwork, we are very happy to be recognized by the NMRA as one of the very first manufacturers to produce tools and supplies for building NMRA compliant trackwork. To ensure that we maintain our warrant in good standing, we remain committed to only producing NMRA compliant track fixtures and tools now and into the future.

You can read the letter from the NMRA that includes complete details about our warrant here.
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