TwistTies Flexible Wood Ties

What are TwistTies used for?

We developed TwistTies as a method of building a curved turnout of unknown size. The approach to using TwistTies is closer to traditional handlaid track in that rail is spiked in place onto wood ties. Etched gu...

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How are TwistTies different from QuickSticks?

QuickSticks are a companion product to trackwork built in the assembly fixtures. Clearance is provided on QuickSticks where the PC board ties are in place of the wood ties. TwistTies include all the wood ties ...

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What is the difference between TwistTies and Assembly Fixtures?

Both TwistTies and Assembly Fixtures are used to construct switches or straight and curved trackwork, but there are some important differences that you need to consider when deciding which solution to use.

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Can I use a standard PointForm tool for make frog and switchpoints for TwistTies?

Yes. TwistTies use the exact same geometry as all our turnout designs. The frog number is the same regardless of how the TwistTie is curved

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How thick are TwistTies?

They are cut from the same material as our laser cut QuickSticks. The thickness of the wood ties are 7 scale inches in standard gauge and 5 scale inches in narrow gauge.

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Do you make N scale TwistTies

No. As the rail needs to be spiked in place we have found that the spikes available are too large for anything smaller than HOn3 and will interfere with wheel flanges.

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Can I make straight turnouts with TwistTies?

Absolutely! Both straight and curved turnouts can be built using TwistTies.

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Can I build straight and curved track with TwistTies?

Yes. We have TwistTie strips that are available in fixed and flexible versions that make laying wood ties very quick and precise. These are pre-drilled.

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Can I join TwistTies together?

Yes. Our TwistTie strips each include two track joiners that clip onto the edges of the ties that allow unlimited lengths of TwistTie strips to be connected together and curved as a single piece. These joiners ...

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