Build your own Track and Turnouts that include all the realistic detail and which will match most commercial flex track.
The Switch-Works "Economy" is our ultra low cost "Starter System", which allows you to provide your own base, yet use the all same "flip-over" turnout options as well as all the other track configuration options in the Switch-Works range. And a workable base can be as simple as a flat plank of soft wood, such as pine, or flat plywood or composition sheet, such as homasote, which easily accepts push-pins.
For those wishing to build complete crossovers in one piece, or complete yards of track, there is also an extra long 38" version of the Pro" Base available.
Note: The Simpler Versions of the Switch-Works System (Economy and Pro 19") may also be inexpensively and easily upgraded to larger versions, merely by purchasing an upgrade kit which contains the appropriate extra parts.
The current range of "flip-over" Turnout Building Options includes #6, #7, #8 and #10.
There is also a simple, inexpensive Option extension for each turnout size that extends its turnout size Option to include building correctly timbered crossovers, either as half or full length.
In addition there is a Multi-Version Option for Plain Track, which allows for three Tie Lengths, Two Tie Spacings and All three Tie plate types and sizes, in order to accurately represent trackwork of all US eras from Early Steam through to Present Day.
Double Slips, Single Slips and Diamond Crossings are catered for currently by the #8 Slip and Diamond Option, which will build all three configurations. (Option Shown above with the full Double Slip Tie Plate Set).
More Information and Help on any particular type of Option can be found by clicking on one of the "Help" and the end of this page. Future Options for other sizes and types of Turnouts will be introduced as time and resources allow.
Continue reading down this page for a brief overview of the way to use Switch-Works is used to build a typical turnout. Full, in-depth instructions and construction help can be found in the "Information Library" Pull-down menus at the top of the page.
Turnout Construction Summary:
It's as simple as adding pieces to jig-saw!