HO/HOn3.5 (HOm), also referred to as HO Metre Gauge gauge, 12mm, or HOn3.5. Represents approximately 3' 6" track gauge in North America, or 1 metre metre gauge in Europe/Australia.
This fixture features prototypical tie sizes and spacing, laid on a "cant", that is, the ties are perpendicular to a line bisecting the straight and diverging route, a practice common on meter gauge trackwork used around the world.
Dual gauge trackwork is unquestionably a work of art, especially turnouts. Building dual gauge switches by hand used to be a challenge usually left to only the most committed modelers, but not any more! With Fast Tracks line of Dual Guage assembly fixtures anyone modeling a dual gauge line has the option to build their own high-quality and accurate trackwork with ease.
Build your own high quality, NMRA compliant, HO/HOn3.5, #7, dual gauge turnout with the narrow gauge running on the left hand side and get results that rival even the most skilled craftsman!
Fast Tracks dual gauge assembly fixtures will help you build high quality hand laid track that:
- Is Highly Accurate - Build Dual Gauge left side turnouts that stay in perfect gauge - permanently
- Performs Perfectly - Completely eliminates track related derailments
- Is Economical - Build hundreds of Dual Gauge left side turnouts with one fixture
- Is Versatile - A single fixture can be used to build up to 14 different types of dual and single gauge turnouts
- Can Be Built Quickly - Build a turnout 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
Dual Gauge fixtures can be a bit confusing as there are so many possible variations available, so read the information below carefully.
Dual gauge trackwork will have the narrow gauge trains running either on the left or right hand side of the standard gauge track. Needless to say this can create a lot of possible combinations of switches as well as a lot of confusion over what might be needed.
We sell two different fixtures for building dual gauge switches. Each of these fixtures can produce both a left hand and a right hand dual gauge turnout. The fixture on this page has the narrow gauge running on the left side of the standard gauge track. We also have a matching fixture available, with the narrow gauge running on the opposite side. It can be a challenge to build a layout with the narrow gauge always running on the same side of the standard gauge track.
If you are unable to make your design work with a the narrow gauge operating on only the left hand side, we recommend getting both the LEFT and RIGHT hand versions of the dual gauge fixtures. With these two fixtures there are 22 possible combinations of dual gauge trackwork that can be constructed.
Dual gauge assembly fixtures are the most versatile turnout fixture that we offer. A single fixture can be used to build standard HO or HOn3.5 turnouts, as well as 11 different combinations of dual gauge turnouts. This assembly fixture can be used to construct trackwork for left hand and right hand, single and dual gauge #7, HO/HOn3.5 turnouts with the narrow gauge track on the left side as shown in the image below.
Dual gauge QuickSticks are available to construct left side dual gauge turnouts shown in the blue shaded area shown in the image below. QuickSticks are also available for completing HO and HOn3.5 standard turnouts as shown in the red shaded areas. QuickSticks are not currently available for the versions that are unshaded. You need to purchase standard wood ties to complete these types of turnouts.
To build single HO turnouts with this fixture, order our standard HO #7 QuickSticks from the options list above.
Our standard HOn3.5 turnout QuickSticks will not work with this fixture. The size of a narrow gauge turnout built in a dual gauge fixture is longer than a regular narrow gauge turnout (as it has to match the length of a standard gauge turnout). To build regular #7 HOn3.5 turnouts, you need to use individual wood ties to complete the turnout. A selection of QuickSticks are also available to construct #7, HO/HOn3.5 dual gauge turnouts with the narrow gauge on the left side.
If you order a Fast Tracks assembly fixture, we highly recommend that you consider purchasing a dual gauge PointForm tool and if you don't already have one, a StockAid stock rail filing tool. This will make the construction of the switch and frog points much easier.
You may also want to consider adding some Copperhead PC board ties to your order. You will find all of these in the list of optional items above.
This product is part of our Craftsman Series of tools that are designed for modelers who want to go that 'extra mile' to produce outstanding trackwork. You should be prepared to spend extra time and effort to learn how to use this product. Click here to learn more about our Craftsman Series of tools.
TRACK BUILDER'S RESOURCES
Building Turnouts Using Fast Tracks Assembly Fixtures
The standard turnout builders guide is also sued to build Dual Gauge trackwwork.
Dual Gauge Assembly Fixture Users Guide
Additional instructions for building dual gauge turnouts.
left Hand Dual Gauge Template
Layout template for left hand dual gauge turnounts.
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