PC Board Ties

What are PC board ties used for?

PC Board ties are used to re-enforce switches by soldering them to strategic points along the switch. Normally only enough PC Board ties are used to provide structural strength. Standard wood ties are used for ...

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What is PC board made from?

PC board, or Printed Circuit board is a fiberglass substrate with a thin copper laminate on it. This material is ideally suited for railroad ties as it allow us to solder rail onto the copper surface providing ...

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What are CopperHead PC board ties?

Fast Tracks used to produce PC board ties by stamping them on a large press. This worked well, but had some drawbacks we didn't like. One was the rough edge created by the stamping process that had to be cleane...

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I have purchased PC Board ties before and they were always twisted. Are yours twisted as well?

No. We machine our PC board ties to shape on a purpose built machine. Other types of PC board ties available are sheared which tends to cause the material to twist.

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Won't the copper plating cause a dead short?

To prevent shorting, a thin electrical isolation gap is cut into the copper plating between the rails using a small file. Our printable tie templates show the locations of these gaps.

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Your PC Board Ties don't match the thickness of wood ties. Won't that be a problem?

No. In some scales the PC Board ties may be thinner than the wood ties, but with a fixture built turnout the tie is fastened to the rail and will "float" between the wood ties. The space under the tie will be h...

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Are the PC Board Ties copper plated on both sides of the tie?

Yes. We use double sided copper material for PC board ties. Our pre-gapped crossties are only gapped on one side.

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Can I get pre-gapped ties?

Our Copperhead cross ties are pre-gapped on one side. Two gaps are provided, close to the rail to make them easy to hide. They are available for all the scales and gauges we offer fixtures for.

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Why are the crossties available at the same thickness as wood ties, but the turnout ties are not?

It isn't necessary to have the turnout PC board ties the same thickness as the wood ties as a fixture built turnout will simply sit on top of the wood ties. The clearance under the PC board tie is easily hidden...

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How thick are your PC board ties?

Turnout ties are either 1/16" or 1/32" thick, depending on the scale. Crossties range from .040" (1mm) to .100" (2.5mm) thick and match the thickness of wood ties.

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