ULTIMATE TRACK DETAILS AND SPARE PARTS
THE ULTIMATE ACCURATE TRACK SYSTEM
NOTE: ALL THE PARTS ON THIS PAGE ARE DUAL-PURPOSE AND SUITABLE FOR BOTH HO and PROTO:87.
MODERN HEAVY DUTY PROTOTYPE TRACK
PROTOTYPE TIE PLATES
These are Heavy Duty dual-row 8 hole Prototype Tie Plates that can be used on Welded and other large rail sizes, as below. Note that the Plates have a "Groove" on their Upper Sides
Note that, even from a lower angle than over head, after the shiny rail heads, Real Tie Plates show up almost more than Real Ties, and far more than the relatively tiny Real Spike Heads.
Prior to the introduction of Welded rail, smaller Medium Duty Tie Plates with just a single of spike holes each side were common for most of the 20th Century, and even smaller version of those were used under the lighter rail sizes commonly used up until the 20's, and still now, in sidings and yards.
Most Model Railroad Track is normally seen from an angled over head viewpoint, so it is well worthwhile modeling Tie Plates if possible, especially on track that is very near to a viewer's position.
A WHOLE NEW PARADIGM IN HO SCALE MODEL TRACKWORK -
Using ULTIMATE SMART GROOVED Tie Plates with Dummy Spike Heads
While it appears to be exact to scale, Prototypically Tie Plated and Individually Spiked track, ULTIMATE Track and Turnouts are actually much more simply, easily and quickly put togther
One merely glues the THREE BASIC TRACK PARTS (RAIL, SMART GROOVED TIE PLATES AND TIES) together with today's strong modern adhesives, and adds just an occasional spike to lock the Rails down while the glue is curing and to protect extra protection against the occasional knocks and extra stresses that occur, both when first laying down the track, and over the long-term, when the track is in heavy operating use.
This major simplification is only possible because the ULTIMATE TM SMART GROOVED TIE PLATES have ADDED ACCURATE AND REALISTIC molded DUMMY SPIKE HEAD PATTERNS. NOW ONE DOESN'T HAVE TO TEDIOUSLY ADD LARGE NUMBERS OF SPIKES BY HAND, As is the case with TRADITIONAL HAND-LAID TRACK.
Even more Usefully, the DUMMY SPIKE HEADS now form a "SMART GROOVE" to align the Rails to Gauge, Extremely Accurately, usually to within just a few thousandths of an Inch.
Matching REALISTIC SCALE spikes are inserted every few inches to Lock the rails in place, and to handle high stress or curvature.
EXAMPLES OF HO Model LIGHT DUTY (code 55 Rail) and HEAVY DUTY (Code 83 Rail) Track
As bench constructed with TIE PLATES and DUMMY SPIKE HEADS
with our ULTIMATE PRECISION SAWN, REAL WOOD TIES.
We provide all three sizes and types of tie plates, so that you can accurately represent all the various versions of track that existed then through now, and often found together.
See the "Switch-Works" Plain Track Jig Option to make this a rapid and foolproof assembly process which automatically ensures correct positioning of the tieplate and subsequent precision gauging of the rails.