For the past several weeks I have been building a crossing and
turnouts usings FastTracks jigs [www.fast-tracks.net]. In my opinion,
FastTracks products, instructions, templates and support are a
superior asset to our hobby. I want to express my gratitude to Tim
Warris of FastTracks for encouraging me to post the following:
I decided to use my Preac table saw to cut both wood and PC ties to
length. Using Evergreen Styrene I cut a jig to match each tie length
I was going to use to "set up" the saw. I also acquired and labeled a
number of 16 dram pill vials in which to place the ties and jig after
I also created a simple Microsoft Excel spread sheet program which
will calculate the numbers of each tie to cut for a given project.
Follow the directions, enter the number of turnouts (Sn3 #6's in this
case) and you will know "how many of what" to cut. Please note,
this calculator is set to my railroad's standards--yours may differ.
Rather than belabor all with a lengthy cyber article, I have uploaded
both a jpeg and the Microsoft Excel spread sheet in a folder
entitled "TIE LENGTH CALCULATOR" in the FILES section of this Group.
The spreadsheet program is purposely not write protected in hopes
that it may be of practical use to all. This calculator is not
intended for commercial use.
Any errors in the calculator are solely my responsibility--please
inform me of same and I'll post corrections as necessary.
Thanks and enjoy,