I need three curved turnouts for the Global III engine facilities. Since it is not cost effective to purchase a fasttracks assembly fixture for just three turnouts, I am doing these the old fashion way. I taped a template to a piece of wood, spiked down the PC ties and soldered the rails in place freehand. I was still able to use the fasttracks tools for filing rails and used my #8 fixture for soldering the frog point. The resulting turnout came out pretty good, but took me 90 minutes versus about 45-60 for turnouts with the fixtures. The turnout is 30"/20" radius.
After installing the turnout, I found out that I needed lots more fine tuning, filing and tweaking than usual. But its in and works great. Makes me realized, though, how much I appreciate the assemblt fixtures.
The Gravel Pit
2 years ago