Assembly Fixtures

What is an Assembly Fixture?

Sometimes called a "jig" or a "template", an Assembly Fixture is a tool that holds rail and PC Board ties in position while they are soldered together to form a turnout 'skeleton' (a basic turnout with just the...

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Are turnouts built with an Assembly Fixture compatible with DCC?

Any switch made with a Fast Tracks Assembly Fixture is 100% compatible with DCC or DC.

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What does the turnout number (I.e. #6 turnout, #8 turnout) stand for?

The turnout number is just a simple ratio that describes the angle of the turnout. For example, a number #4 turnout has a ratio of 4 to 1, while a #6 turnout has a ratio of 6 to 1. The smaller the ratio, the s...

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I have a Fast Tracks assembly fixture for Micro Engineering code X rail. Can I use this same fixture for brand X rail?

Many Fast Tracks assembly fixtures cut for Micro Engineering rail are 100% compatible with rail from other manufacturers. Here is a list of rail types that we have confirmed are compatible. Fixture Cut For...

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I have a special requirement. Do you make customized fixtures?

Depending on our current production workload, we will occasionally take on custom work. Send an email to service@fast-tracks.net with some details of what you are looking for and we will let you know if we are ...

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Are curved turnouts numbered differently?

No. The same ratio rules that are used for straight turnouts apply even if a turnout is curved. A number #6 curved turnout still has a ratio of 6 to 1 no matter what the radius may be.

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How To Wire A Standard Turnout With A Ground Throw (And How They Work)

The animated diagram below shows how a standard turnout with rails soldered to PC Board ties and a manual ground throw is wired. The ground throw in this diagram is a Caboose Industries 220S and is available he...

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How to wire a standard turnout with a Tortoise switch machine

The diagram below shows how a standard turnout and Tortoise switch machine is wired.

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Can you make Assembly Fixtures for rail other than Micro Engineering?

While we encourage our customers to use Micro Engineering rail to build switches in our assembly fixtures, our fixtures are compatible with rail produced by other manufacturers. Rail produced by many manufactur...

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I have heard that code 70 and code 83 can be used in the same fixture, is this true?

The critical dimensions of Micro Engineering code 70 and code 83 rail are the same, so both rail codes can be used in the same fixture.

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