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    I ordered a couple of Peco's Unifrog medium turnouts to try out while I am still deciding about which track to use for my next layout. I have never used Peco track before or had a layout with a yard ladder for that matter but I want to start incorporating some staging this time around. As the photo indicates some of the track ties on the straight through line of travel need to be trimmed off before the next turnout in the ladder can be attached. The end of the throw bar also slightly touches the flex track below it. Do people usually trim off one side of the throw bars and trim up the ties to fit or do they place short pieces of straight track between the turnouts to give them more space? Or am I just completely doing the yard ladder all wrong?
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    I've done yard tracks both ways. It just depends on your track spacing as to which way is best. I'm at the same stage as you, starting to lay out my yard.
    If you have a number of tracks, a compound yard ladder can save valuable space.
    http://www.modelrailroadforums.com/f...b47c4c3b54.jpg

    As your using Peco, try using their templates first, saves cutting into your turnouts and finding that idea's not possible.
    https://peco-uk.com/collections/turn...ng-plans/n-9mm
    Cheers,

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    Thank-you Russ, this was very helpful!

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    Cutting ties is standard operating procedure if your yard tracks are going to be close together. As for the throwbars, you might need one end or you might need neither, depending on how you are going to be throwing the turnout.

    Those slots in the doubled ties on either side of the throwbar are for mounting Peco's under-track solenoid switch machine. The pins on either side are for your finger; the holes are for rods coming up from either side of the turnout from a machine or a linkage. You won't need the ones on the other side.

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    I've found that 1.25 inch on center spacing between the yard tracks keeps you from having to trim the ties or throw bar. In N-Scale, 1.25 inch spacing is roughly 16 feet on center.

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    One of my yards was built using Peco C55 track. The main ladder has a large left hand turnout followed by five medium right-hand turnouts. If that seems strange, remember that the long, medium and short Peco C55 turnouts all have the same frog angle (10 degrees).

    For some long forgotten reason I settled on a track spacing of 29mm, and to achieve that I spliced a 38mm length of track between the large LH turnout and the first medium RH turnout, and 32mm of track between each of the other medium RH turnouts.

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    There'[s so many ways to do this. It comes down to space, making it fit the way you want. As I said, the Peco templates are good for working out what works and you have a parts list in the templates.
    Me, I'm doing a compound ladder with medium SL395/6 and short ST5/6 turnouts. There's a C55 3-way and a single slip all in the mix too.
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