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Screenshots showing the TS (turnout-side) centre-line as a straight line are from older versions of Templot. In later versions of Templot the TS centre-line follows the centre path of the TS rails.
I changed it so that the dummy vehicle tool can roll along the TS side of a template when checking running clearance.
In all the years I have been using Templot I never found any use for the straight line, so I'm a bit puzzled why you need it? It was only ever intended as a means to identify the position of the deflection point
It's very rare that you need the deflection point (it's not meaningful for curviform
V-crossings, and for regular
V-crossings it is only of much use if the template is straight).
But you can still use the deflection point if you wish -- click this menu item to put the peg on it:
If you click that menu item repeatedly, the peg will toggle between alignment with the main road (MS) and alignment with the turnout road (TS):
With the peg aligned to the TS, it takes only a couple of clicks to put the notch
under it, and then peg on a length of straight track:
(Or more usually, a couple of dabs on the keyboard -- the Divide
keys are on the keyboard number-pad
, / and *.)
With this result:
The angle matches the current angle set for the V-crossing -- it is shown on your screenshot:
It is 1:4.7 RAM. For those Peco templates that is 12 degrees exactly.
To find the length, simply shorten the plain track template (F4
mouse action) until it aligns with the end of the rails, and read off the length (this is not a Peco template, the angle here is 1:6 RAM):
I hope this answers your question, although it's many years since I have had any reason to do this. Such a straight track can be more easily pegged onto any of the other TS peg positions through the V-crossing with a single click:
Or using the SHIFT & JOIN
button a template can be quickly aligned to the TS exit without needing any other clicks.
Perhaps you can say a bit more about why you need to use the deflection point?