Struggling to get the layout of 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 completely by allowing you to curve the entire crossover as a single unit. Once glued in place, 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.
When used with 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 wye size
- Include pre-drilled spike holes that ensures accurate gauging & geometry
- Makes wye construction faster & easier than traditional methods
- Takes the guesswork out of hand laying curved & straight wye
- 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 Baltic Birch plywood custom sawn in Finland specifically for Fast Tracks. Just like the protoype, 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, as well as 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. 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 some of our CopperHead PC Board turnout 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 easily added to your order by selecting them from the options above.
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 wyes, curved wyes of any radius, or if you prefer all wood tie construction, then TwistTies may be a better option for you.
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.
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