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Date: 07/30/22 16:15
Question on laying track from scratch
Author: alongthejointline

What's your favorite source for precut ties - Kappler, Northeastern Scale, Mt Albert, or . . . ?
And, if you cut your own, do you prefer basswood or pine?



Date: 07/30/22 16:19
Re: Question on laying track from scratch
Author: DKay

Always had great service from Mt Albert, (now Fast Tracks).Also good to deal with. 
Regards,DK



Date: 07/30/22 19:27
Re: Question on laying track from scratch
Author: AVR3001

Fast Tracks Quick Sticks.  Two styles for single track are available, rigid tangent or flexible for curves.  Three tie spacings are available, main line (20" spacing), branchline (22" spacing) and sidetrack (24" spacing).  Also precut turnout, diamond, and crossover tie panels are available.



Date: 07/30/22 20:55
Re: Question on laying track from scratch
Author: ATSFSuperCap

Central Valley tie strips.    They make two "styles" Mainline and Branchline.    This way you do not need to buy tie plates.   The rails can be spiked into the plastic ties although some slimmer spikes will need the holes pre drilled..   The Mainline ties are longer bigger and closer together and are appropriate for a heavy modern main.    The Banchline ties are not as long a bit farther apart and slight smaller in cross section perfect for branchs, sidings and yards or say something like a 1920's based layout.  I have both styles on my layout, which is fashioned after the double track ATSF mainline in Western New Mexico, and  I use the branchline ties for sidings and yards.    I used code 83 rail on the main and code 70 in yards and sidings.

Richard.



Date: 07/31/22 22:00
Re: Question on laying track from scratch
Author: wabash2800

Let's see some photos. Do you build CV turnout kits also? I tried them but was disappointed with the cast points.

Victor B.

ATSFSuperCap Wrote:
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> Central Valley tie strips.    They make two
> "styles" Mainline and Branchline.    This way
> you do not need to buy tie plates.   The rails
> can be spiked into the plastic ties although some
> slimmer spikes will need the holes pre drilled.. 
>  The Mainline ties are longer bigger and closer
> together and are appropriate for a heavy modern
> main.    The Banchline ties are not as long a
> bit farther apart and slight smaller in cross
> section perfect for branchs, sidings and yards or
> say something like a 1920's based layout.  I have
> both styles on my layout, which is fashioned after
> the double track ATSF mainline in Western New
> Mexico, and  I use the branchline ties for
> sidings and yards.    I used code 83 rail on the
> main and code 70 in yards and sidings.
>
> Richard.



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