Loco 1706

NOTTAWASAGA MODEL RAILWAY

Fast Tracks™ Turnouts
INSTALLING A CENTRE-UNDER SPRING IN FAST TRACKS™ TURNOUTS
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We use Fast Tracks Code 83 # 6 turnouts on the Nottawasaga Model Railway's club layout. We wanted to start with hand operated throwing of the turnouts, perhaps converting to electrical operation later, but didn't want to use any kind of track side control mechanism, such as a ground throw. On our exhibition layout we use Peco turnouts and the members like the operation of these as they are easy to throw, lock into place and have no out-of-scale throwing arms at the side of the track.

The Peco turnout has a small spring inside that snaps and holds the point rails in place and is a very secure method for turnout control. We wanted a similar spring mechanism for our club layout.

The following is a pictorial of what John Houghton developed to meet this need.

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