Crystal Riverís Track Templates are intended
to help with track planning, alignment and placement during the concept and
roadbed construction phase, and spiking rail or placement of flex track on the
roadbed during the construction phase.
The flex track templates are intentionally
slightly narrow to fit between the rail head while the gauge of the hand laid curved
templates is slightly wide to help accommodate longer wheel base locomotives.
Near each end of the template is a small diameter
hole. Use push pins (from office supply stores) to hold the template in place
while being used.
Each template has a series of notches cut along the
centerline. Use these notches (0.5mm mechanical pencils work fine) to mark the
track centerline during layout.
At the end of each template is a tab and socket
allowing multiple templates to be placed end to end for long curves. When using
multiple templates, squeeze the two together using the notches on the sides to
insure a smooth curve. When making reverse (S) curves, use a short or long
straight section to separate the two curves.
Along the edges of each template are notches to
allow spiking the inside rail flange. Because the rail will naturally
straighten when the template is removed, there are more notches along the outer
edge of curved templates, allowing placement of more spikes to hold the curve.
Because of variations in tie size and placement, the notches may not line up
with your ties, so spikes on the inside of the rails should be treated as
temporary and final spikes placed after the template is removed.
Remove the template and place on either side of the
track centerline marks, and draw a series of short lines for tie placement
guidelines. Glue the ties in place with equal overhang on these lines.
The templates hit the head of the rail
to gauge the track, not the web. During spiking, ensure the rail is
laying flat against the ties, not tilted under the template. If you
wish to ballast prior to adding the rail, replace the push pins with
small brads (or push pins with the plastic head broken off), then remove
and replace the template to ensure it can be replaced later. Without
disturbing the brads, glue the ties in place and then add the track
ballast. When ready, replace the template back over the brads, and
spike the rail in place. If moving the templates over spikes, pick the
template up and then replace it where desired. Spike heads may scratch
the material, eventually degrading its accuracy. Final gauge should be
checked by a Standards Gauge.
Flex track Straight Hand Laid track
24, 26, 28,30,32,34,36,38