Track and Switches for all brands of
Track rail is weathered Solid
Nickel-Silver T-rail code 172 for stability and superior electrical
The rail does not corrode, oxidize or rust and is excellent for use in
all locations, from the very humid to the
very dry. Nickel-Silver is a copper-nickel alloy, considered to
be metalurgically similar to brass but superior
corrosion resistance. Brass oxidizes rapidly to a non-conducting
surface, which means that power will not
locomotives or cars, resulting in stalls. In general, Nickel
Silver is much better than brass, and is
small extra cost. The solid rail
absorbs sound better and makes for quiet train running. The
plastic ties are molded
from UV resistant, high quality ABS plastic and have a realistic wood grain pattern, color, height,
spacing from real main lines that adds
prototypical look of the track in a realistic fashion. The
joiners have a detailed six bolt head design and come installed from
on all track and switches for proper electrical
conductivity. A snap
system securely holds the track sections together to ensure exact
good electrical contact.
When the track sections are
spacing remains uniform and this appearance is an exclusive design
system. The 60" flex track bends easily to an infinite variety of
are closed frog allowing for operation
of all S gauge
wheel flanges. The track will accept original Gilbert track trips, mail
pick-up post, uncoupler, etc. The track has the
look of the real
thing, and the quality to back it up. Simply the Best track ever made
for the S-Gauge market.
S-54 Remote Control Switches (27" radius, 54" centerline) come ready to
operate with illuminated green/red LED's on
push-button Remote Control Box with
five feet of four color rainbow wire wired
to switch machine. Target stand on switch
machine has illuminated green/red LED's for switch
position and two wires yellow/black for
transformer power supply hook up.
NOTE: The 27" radius
switch has a 1/3 curved removable track section at the end of the
curve that can be removed
making it suitable for use
with the 19"
radius curves, closer crossover track centers, sidings and yards.
switch with the 1/3 curved attached makes a 27" radius curve.
Sidings take a 2/3, 27" radius curve and a 3" custom made straight
section of track to complete siding.
3" custom made straight section of track is needed to complete the
siding no matter how long.
Notice: Check Wheel Gauge
Improperly gauged wheels will
arcing/shorting operating thru switches.
Wheel Gauge needs to
on running locomotives and cars for best operating results.
American “S” Gauge
track and switches are precision made to the
standards of the
(NMRA) National Model Railroad Association and (NASG) National
The A.C. Gilbert
Co.made many size metal wheels that were never gauged
cars and engines from the factory. All METAL
WHEELS that draw curent made by
A.C. Gilbert Co. and
LTI AF must be properly gauged to prevent arcing/shorting on switches.
With calipers wheels should be gauged .725 thousandths
between the inside of the wheels.
An easy test is to place a
dime between the wheel sets, spreading
them carefully as necessary.
This is necessary since
wheel gauge changes
on older equipment with use and some were never
set correctly to begin
careful not to spread much further than
spacing since that
can be a problem as well.
This makes for a quick
and once done will yield a better running train. Some wheels
drift on their axle's very easily. If you have any of them, clean the
axle and wheel of any grease,
then apply a small amount of glue on the
axle and slide the wheel over the glue when gauging.
That way the wheel
set will stay in gauge and not cause a problem in later use.
American "S" Gauge
switches are equipped with a "twin coil" switch motor
(also known as
a "snap switch"). This consists of two electric coil motors that
between 3-5 amps to snap
the switch into a straight or turn position upon
activation so an
of current from a proper supply voltage is required.
voltage is 16 to 18 volts AC with a minimum of 40va.
Failure to provide for
this amount of power can destroy the switch machine's motor
by requiring you to
activate for a longer time than normal. This type of switch motor,
adequate power, will operate the switch in a split second. Otherwise,
is required which may possibly overheat the switch motor. This is why
to be momentary. Momentary activation is accomplished by
depressing the momentary
control box switch button for not more than a second. The
throw very rapidly
when powered with the proper size power transformer.
long activations will overheat the switch motor and cause total
which is not covered under any warranty. Failure to
adequate wiring and sufficient
power to operate the switch is not a reflection
to the quality of the switch.
switches are "Non-Power Routing" which allows for constant current to
to both tracks.
remote switch control
box can be connected to any AC power
providing 16 to 18 volts AC with a minimum of 40va with the two
feet of black-
yellow power input wire supplied. For older transformers, connect
the black wire
to the base or "U" transformer post and the yellow wire to the 15 or 18
voltage post. Newer Transformers may be labeled
differently. With this hook-up
the remote switch
control box and switch target stand are illuminated at all times
stacking multiple remote switch control
boxes use the metal
jumpers (included) for a continous power input.
One control box per switch motor is
the design. If more than one switch operation is desired,
you will have to purchase and mount separate momentary push buttons
capable of handling
the current necessary for the switch coils.
Parallel switches cannot be operated with one control box
as it will overload the control box making it stick and burn up the
switch motor voiding warranty
(single pole single throw)
switch on switch sidings to turn power ON and OFF
To isolate a switch siding track
section that can be independently operated
for on/off operation use
#2601, brown plastic insulating rail joiners, one on same side of rails
past each switch end
#2701 power feed rail joiner, one only required and any SPST switch with a minimum
3 amp switch capacity to turn power on and off.
Crossover with 3.25" track
centers. 1/3 track section removed.
Crossover with 7.25" track centers. 1/3 track
Siding with 3.25" track centers. A 2/3, 27" track
Switch yard with 3.50" track centers. 1/3 track
We have had inquiries
asking about the apperance of the switch
ties when the switch
motor is removed. Removal of switch motor leaves all
Motor Removed with all ties intact
19, 2006. Temporary
6' x 18' layout with Articulated
Steam Engine running
smoothly through S-54 switches at the Cal-Stewart, TTOS, Toy Train
meet in Pasadena,
Track" for Tinplate, Hi-Rail, and Scale
10" Straight, 19", 27"
Flex in Stock
"Realistic 2-Rail Track" designed to look like US Prototype.
Both the Flex and Sectional Track come weathered with
Rail Joiners installed.
Gauge™ Track Features:
- Operates all S-Gauge Tinplate, Hi-Rail,
- Compatible with Original Flyer track
- Can attach Flyer Accessory Trips and Uncoupler
- Solid code .172 Nickel/Silver rail weathered
- Rail is 65% Brass with 12% Nickel/Silver
- Excellent electrical pickup, with no oxidation or rust
- Flex track bends easily without kinking
- No templates, bend fixtures or special tools required
- Ties molded from high quality ABS, UV resistant plastic
- Realistic wood grain tie pattern
- Six bolt-head N/S rail joiner, weathered
- Track snap-locks together
19" & 27" Starter Kits in Stock!
- 19” Radius Track Starter Kit – Order Form
Same radius as original American Flyer® track.
- 27” Radius Track Starter Kit – Order Form
Promoting "S" The ideal size to operate, handle, and enjoy.
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