Printable Track Templates

What are Tie Templates used for?

Fast Tracks Printable Tie Templates have been created to help the modeler to locate ties for trackwork that has been built using a Fast Tracks assembly fixture. Our Track Templates will match switches built usi...

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Why isn't the template printing out the right size?

It is VERY important to turn off any "fit to page" or "image scaling" in the printer settings, otherwise template will not print out full size. To confirm it is printing full size, we have included a scale on e...

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Is there a way to print just the switch part of a printable template? All that other gobbledygook is using up all my ink!

Yes, there is a lot of additional information on the tie templates that doesn't need to be printed. So here is a way to just print the switch portion of the tie template. Ensure you have the latest Adobe R...

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Why are there no Tie Templates for straight and curved track?

Joining together sections of printed curved track and keeping the radius accurate would be almost impossible. Even the slightest misalignment of the individual sheets would lead to major accuracy issues.

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How do I use Tie Templates with my Fast Tracks turnouts?

For complete details on how to use the Fast Tracks Track Templates, check out the Trackwork Builders Guides.

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What dimensions have you used to lay out the ties?

Every railroad and every modeler seems to use different standards when laying out the positions of ties in a turnout. So rather than trying to match any one railroad we decided to use "typical" dimensions and j...

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How accurate are your Tie Templates?

Our Tie Templates are all drawn to NMRA standards in as far as track gauge and radii are concerned. The shape and dimensions of guard rails and wing rails were produced using NMRA Recommended Practices. Our Pr...

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Will your Tie Templates match commercial trackwork?

Possibly. Fast Tracks Track Templates have been designed to exactly match the tie placements that are produced with the Fast Tracks fixtures and will probably not match the tie patterns of commercial turnouts. ...

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Can I use your Tie Templates to hand lay my own trackwork even if I don't use your assembly fixtures?

Sure! It will take longer and may not be as accurate. Don’t rely on the printed template for the gauging of the rails, use a track gauge.

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Will the gaping shown on the Tie Templates work with DCC?

The rail gapping shown is for DCC turnouts, as well as DC, this will isolate the frog completely from the turnout and can be left un-powered but may cause some stalling on locomotives with short wheel bases. A...

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