Lionel modelers have been enjoying our FasTrack system for years now. With its built-in roadbed, sturdy construction and reliable performance it is well suited for almost any situation and skill-level. After a long wait and careful planning, the technology is coming to S gauge.
Our new American Flyer FasTrack will begin shipping later this year. Like the O gauge track, we’re starting with just a few basic pieces. A 10″ straight track, 10″ straight terminal track and a 20″ radius curve are part of the initial release. Curves are in 30 degree arcs, meaning it will take 12 to make a circle. We know you can’t build an empire on that however! Don’t worry, more lengths and radii are coming, along with turnouts, crossings and the like.
The new track system features a rugged plastic base with very realistic molded ties and ballast profiles. The solid metal rails have a correct “T” cross-section. Locking connectors on the base secure sections firmly and the rails are joined by small joiners similar to what you’ll find commonly on HO and smaller scales. (No more metal pins and hollow tubes.) FasTrack is great for temporary set ups, but we’ve provided mounting holes to secure it to a permanent platform as well.
Handling our pre-production pieces, assembly is just like the O gauge track; simple and secure. And as you can see, the proportions of the rail and track look amazing underneath our scale models like the new Challenger.
We are certain that this new track will make set up for our first-time S Gauger’s much easier. And as we continue to expand the line we are confident that our long-time fans will find it just as useful and perfect for their needs. Look for the first pieces to arrive soon, and stay tuned for more releases in future catalogs.