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mark.hinds

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Source for pre-cut N-scale 9-scale-foot PC board ties?
« on: March 27, 2018, 12:00:52 PM »
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My supply of Fast Tracks N-scale "crossties" scales out at 8.5 feet in length, which matches Atlas code-55 N-scale flex track. 

However, if I go with Micro Engineering code-55 N-scale flex, that scales out at 9 feet in length (and yes it matters).  Does anyone know of a source for matching PC board ties for Micro Engineering 9-footers?  Not a big deal as I can cut down the longer Fast Tracks ties for the point-end of my turnouts, but it wastes a certain amount of material, so I thought the question worth while. 

Thanks in advance,
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Re: Source for pre-cut N-scale 9-scale-foot PC board ties?
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2018, 01:35:10 AM »
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I didn't know anybody made precut PC ties at all...  Clover House has tie strips, but one has to cut them to length.  I made a jig, just a stop on a board, that let me cut all I wanted without measuring each one, using rail cutters.  It's more work, but since I also needed turnout ties, it minimized waste.  I could cut various lengths for the turnouts, and still make sure I could leave less than a tie length of waste from each strip.
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Re: Source for pre-cut N-scale 9-scale-foot PC board ties?
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2018, 09:34:51 AM »
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That's what I do also. And yes, the 9' length is important especially since our too-fat rails sit closer to the outer edges of the ties then the prototype. (And my road had 9' mainline ties anyway).
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Re: Source for pre-cut N-scale 9-scale-foot PC board ties?
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2018, 09:55:31 AM »
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These ties are a mix, but are a good option for some mainlines and many secondary lines.

https://www.shop.cvmw.com/N-Scale-Mainline-CVT-3001.htm

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Re: Source for pre-cut N-scale 9-scale-foot PC board ties?
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2018, 10:55:47 AM »
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Given that Fast Tracks now mills their own ties in house, have you asked if they would do 9 footers?
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