Crystal River Products

P.O. Box 598

Conifer, CO 80433


Tel:   (303) 697-1472


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Track Templates

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.




Sizes:                                   Flex track                       Straight                          Hand Laid track                                    Straight

HOn3                 16,18,20,22,24,26,28                        11.5,5.5                          16,18,20,22,24,26,28                              11.5,5.5

HO/On30           24,26,28,30,32,34,36,38,40,42,48    11.5,7.5                          24, 26, 28,30,32,34,36,38                       11.5,7.5

On3                    32,34,36,38,40,42,44,46,48                              28,30,36,38,40,42,44,46,48                    11.5,7.5

On2                                                                                                                     28,32