"Realistic 2-Rail Track and Switches for all brands of S-trains"      

Track rail is weathered Solid Nickel-Silver T-rail code 172 for stability and superior electrical conductivity.
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
in corrosion resistance.  Brass oxidizes rapidly to a non-conducting surface, which means that power will not
reach the locomotives or cars, resulting in stalls.  In general, Nickel Silver is much better than brass, and is
worth the small extra cost. The solid rail absorbs sound better and makes for quiet train running.
The scale-
    sized plastic ties are molded from UV resistant, high quality ABS plastic and have a realistic wood grain pattern, color, height,
    width, length and spacing from real main lines that adds to the prototypical look of the track in a realistic fashion.  The weathered
    rail joiners have a detailed six bolt head design and come installed from the factory on all track and switches for proper electrical
    conductivity. A snap lock system securely holds the track sections together to ensure exact alignment and good electrical contact.
    When the track sections are joined together the tie spacing remains uniform and this appearance is an exclusive design found only
    with our track system. The 60" flex track bends easily to an infinite variety of curves. Switches 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.


    The 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. 
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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.
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The 27" radius 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.
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A 3" custom made straight section of track is needed to complete the siding no matter how long.

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Notice: Check Wheel Gauge
Improperly gauged wheels will cause arcing/shorting operating thru switches.
Wheel Gauge needs to be checked 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 Association S-Gauge.


The A.C. Gilbert Co.made many size metal wheels that were never gauged correctly on
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 with.
  Be careful not to spread much further than the dime spacing since that
can be a problem as well.

This makes for a quick gauge and once done will yield a better running train.  Some wheels
will 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.

Switch Motor Information:
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
draw between 3-5 amps to snap the switch into a straight or turn position upon
activation so an adequate amount of current from a proper supply voltage is required.
The recommended operating 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,
with adequate power, will operate the switch in a split second. Otherwise, more time
is required which may possibly overheat the switch motor. This is why activation has
to be momentary. Momentary activation is accomplished by depressing the momentary
control box switch button for not more than a second. The switches throw very rapidly
when powered with the proper size power transformer.

Excessively long activations will overheat the switch motor and cause total destruction
which is not covered under any warranty.  Failure to use adequate wiring and sufficient
power to operate the switch is not a reflection to the quality of the switch.

These switches are "Non-Power Routing" which allows for constant current to be supplied
to both tracks.

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Control Box Information:
The remote switch control box can be connected to any AC power transformer
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 volt fixed
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
indicating the proper switch position.  When 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

SPST (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
item #2601, brown plastic insulating rail joiners, one on same side of rails past each switch end

with item #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.

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  Crossover with 3.25" track centers.  1/3 track section removed.
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   Crossover with 7.25" track centers.  1/3 track section attached.
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   Siding with 3.25" track centers.  A 2/3, 27" track section attached.
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   Switch yard with 3.50" track centers.  1/3 track section removed.
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We have had inquiries asking about the apperance of the switch ties when the switch
motor is removed.  Removal of switch motor leaves all ties intact.


Switch Motor Mounted
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Switch Motor Removed with all ties intact
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November 19, 2006. Temporary 6' x 18' layout with Articulated Steam Engine running
smoothly through S-54 switches at the Cal-Stewart, TTOS, Toy Train Operating Society
meet in Pasadena, CA. 

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  "Realistic 2-Rail Track" for Tinplate, Hi-Rail, and Scale
American S Gauge
10" Straight, 19", 27" Curve, and 60" Flex in Stock

"Realistic 2-Rail Track" designed to look like US Prototype. 
 Both the Flex and Sectional Track come weathered with
 weathered N/S Rail Joiners installed.

American "S" Gauge™ Track Features:

19" & 27" Starter Kits in Stock!

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