THE ULTIMATE SERIES TURNOUT TEMPLATES

New! There is now a new program for your computer that will print all turnout templates for all scales, as well as curve them, design crossovers and even curved crossovers as well. See the CTnCTD in the link below to download. If all you need is a straight turnout template, then use the free demo—no money required.

However the CTnCTD program will not display the finer details of the tie plate positions for the Ultimate range of turnouts, so the templates below are still required as an aid to positioning individual tie plates.

Download and print full size for HO, Proto:87, N and Z scales

While still meeting all the applicable NMRA standards, these uniquely extremely accurate turnout templates are drawn to match the true prototype (AAR) turnout geometries and their considerable variable tie spacing.

Turnouts built to these diagrams appear much more realistic, because they do not continue to repeat the compromise curved switch turnout geometry of NMRA Recommended Practice RP12 and RP 13. The NMRA Recommended Practice RP12 and RP 13 curved switch geometry was introduced by the NMRA way back in the 1940's specifically to allow train set manufacturers to more easily handle the then much cruder toy train locomotive chassis' and sharp curves of those times.

Template type vs.
frog number
#6 #7 #8 #10
HO LH H6L H7L H8L H10L
HO RH
H6R H7R H8R H10R
Proto:87 LH P6L P7L P8L P10L
Proto:87 RH
P6R P7R P8R P10R
N LH N6L N7L N8L N10L
N RH
N6R N7R N8R N10R
Z LH Z6L Z7L Z8L Z10L
Z RH
Z6R Z7R Z8R Z10R

As well as being far more prototypically accurate, these templates include most of the missing major prototypical parts traditionally left off most other commercially mass distributed compromise templates. Thus it is now possible to hand lay, scratch build, jig build and/or kit build, authentic turnouts that actually look like the real thing.

Many different prototypically correct frog types can be used with these templates, so those will be shown separately later.