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mightypurdue22

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Code 55 Turnouts
« on: January 22, 2013, 12:08:48 PM »
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I checked Atlas and googled for answers but found none.  Has anyone heard when #5s will be readily available again?

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Re: Code 55 Turnouts
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2013, 12:25:45 PM »
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Here's Atlas' response to that question, which was posted here on TRW a few weeks ago in another thread:

Online store is getting close - but if you need something right now you may want to fax or phone your order in, it may get processed faster that way.

The code 55 stuff is scheduled for production starting in March, turnouts probably in April, so that would be a May arrival.

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Re: Code 55 Turnouts
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2013, 04:15:42 PM »
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Time to learn to make your own, and not be enslaved to the whims of the Chinese business climate and manufacturer miscalculations.

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Re: Code 55 Turnouts
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2013, 05:09:47 PM »
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Time to learn to make your own, and not be enslaved to the whims of the Chinese business climate and manufacturer miscalculations.

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Re: Code 55 Turnouts
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2013, 04:19:12 AM »
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:facepalm:

What? Was "enslaved" too harsh a term? ...uhhh...maybe "...completely dependent upon..."  Yeah.  OR, a positive way of saying it "...and be completely free from..."  There ya go!!

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Re: Code 55 Turnouts
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2013, 02:37:06 PM »
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At least there is no room in the packaging for the forced laborers to send messages to be passed on to human rights organizations.  :facepalm:

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Re: Code 55 Turnouts
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2013, 01:01:29 AM »
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Last I read it was February... now its May. *sigh* And here I just finished planning my layout.....  :RUEffinKiddingMe:

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Re: Code 55 Turnouts
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2013, 01:30:44 AM »
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A turnout a day makes the disappointment go away. 



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Re: Code 55 Turnouts
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2013, 01:57:37 AM »
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A turnout a day makes the disappointment go away. 



Yeah!!!   :D   No whining, just elbows out at the bench!!

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Re: Code 55 Turnouts
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2013, 09:13:06 AM »
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How much does it actually cost to get set up to build turnouts?
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Re: Code 55 Turnouts
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2013, 10:53:28 AM »
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How much does it actually cost to get set up to build turnouts?

It depends.  You can spend in the tens of dollars to build an inventory of rail, ties, and other parts to build turnouts from scratch, or you can spend hundreds of dollars also investing in tools (e.g., Fast Tracks' turnout fixtures and point jigs) to build turnouts.  Some modelers, like Chris333, build templates on the paper templates that you can download from Fast Tracks website without the need for the expensive fixtures.

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Re: Code 55 Turnouts
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2013, 11:24:29 AM »
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I couldn't imagine building them without a fixture. Even filing down turnout points makes me nervous. I guess everyone has their own demons.

Those fixtures are expensive.
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Re: Code 55 Turnouts
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2013, 11:46:28 AM »
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They are expensive, but I went route.  The fixtures and filing point/stock rail tools work well.  My first turnout was a code 40 #8 curved turnout.  The more that you build eases the cost of the tools per turnout.  When I bought mine, I was planning a layout that had at least a half dozen of those turnout sizes needed.

By the way, I just received an email a few days ago that Fast Tracks is changing vendors, so they bought up all of the vendor's inventory.  They're overstocked and are pushing out some of the tools at 20% off.

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Re: Code 55 Turnouts
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2013, 12:38:41 PM »
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I made a proto87 turnout (#8, code 55) from parts and ACC.  It was easy and only a bit of soldering of the frog and points, and only cutting the points to length.  I would not bother with the cost of the jigs now that I have done one with these beautiful parts.  It looks great and is smoother than all of my Atlas code 55 turnouts.  It cost me$20 to try my hand at the first one and I am sold.

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Re: Code 55 Turnouts
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2013, 12:56:01 PM »
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There was an outstanding article in Model Railroader a while back by Lance Mindheim that covered building a turnout from scratch using only rails and ties, no special fixtures or tools other than a saw, file and soldering iron. I can't remember which issue it was but I want to say October 2011?