Where to get Track Alignment Tools?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by TruckLover, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Hi guys, can someone help me out here? Im looking for some Track Alignment Tools to help lay my mainline and some of my sidings possibly,

    Im looking for 24"-30" for my mains, i prefer the highy radius of 30" and i could prolly get away with more then that. For the siding somewhere between 18" and 22"

    Does anyone know where to get these? I looked on Walthers, there sold out on almost ALL of them lol

    Thanks in advance
  2. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    I made mine out of cardboard
  3. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Me too....Cardboard and 1/4" ply....I have several going from 24" to 36" radii....
  4. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Me three. Cardboard.

  5. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    I just made sure that the cork roadbed was laid exactly on the line I had marked for the track centerline. Then the center line where the two halves of roadbed meet guided the centerline placement of the flextrack.
  6. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

  7. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Thanks guys, I really wanted to get a set of the metal gauges

    Josh, thanks for links, i found some cool tool, but the one radius tool only goes up to 23" :cry:

    So the search continues lol :rolleyes:
  8. Kanawha

    Kanawha Member

    I also have made them from cardboard. Cheap and easy to fix if you make an error.
  9. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    If you want some to last like metal alignment tools, make a pattern out of cardboard and then use it to mark up and cut out a piece of masonite.
  10. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Hmmmmm i hadnt thought of masonite, good Idea Russ. Im going to look around a bit more for the metal ones and when i give up :rolleyes: i will prolly make them out of masonite lol

    Thanks Russ
  11. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Well i just bought a track template tool from this web site:


    there plastic templates and they come in 3 packs so i got 1 pack of 3 for 30" radius curves, these are pretty neat they allow you to quote

    Track-Temps snap together to form curves to tangent sections that allow you to draw a center-line, track-lines, and the outside lines of the ties, all at one time. These time saving templates are cut from 1/8" clear plastic to allow you to see your rough layout lines underneath; they also come pre-drilled to allow them to be pinned to the layout during use."[FONT=Arial, Arial, Helvetica]

    I bought 1 set of these, they were $12.95 lol, bot the cheapest way to deal with my problem lol but these look like they will work and be really helpful :mrgreen:
  12. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Of coarse, this would happen, i found the metal track alignment tools made by Ribbon Rail and ordered the ones i needed. Caboose Hobbies has them, and most of them in stock if anyone else is interested in them :thumb: :mrgreen:
  13. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    There is a set of curved tools made by Tracksetta and, I believe, distributed by Peco. Both HO and N. Unfortunately, not a large choice of radii -- I have 24, 36 and 60 and straight, maybe one more. They're longer than the Ribbon Rail tools but Ribbon Rail may have them in 2" increments.
  14. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    lol Ribbon rail has them staring at 15" and go all the up to 48" i think i saw.

    i got 20", 26", 30" and 32" as well as 10" straight one. There pretty cheap, i spent $30 including $8.95 shipping and got all them i wanted above, as apposed to 1 pack of 3 of the ones i mentioned in my post a few posts ago.

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