If you're looking for some interesting alternatives, check out Proto87Stores.com. They've got several good ways to go for building track and turnouts.
They sell (re-sell?) Central Valley Turnout strips and I think also their tie strips, which are easy to use and don't require soldering if you don't want to. You can just glue the rails to the ties. However, many people think that the best method is to use a few PC ties (PC Board cut into strips the size of ties) and solder a few key locations to hold the gauge and then everything after that is simply cosmetic. There is a good discussion that starts here: CVT Turnouts the Joe Fugate Way, but aside from some useful lead-in info, the real meat of it is here: CV Turnouts - take 2.
Image: Central Valley Mainline Tie Strip Close up
Image: Central Valley Turnout Kit Closeup Detail
Image: Illustration of Joe Fugate's Method of Construction
I am also intrigued by several other options they have at the Proto87Stores site, such as their "Switchworks" track and turnout building fixtures (jigs), which seem like a reasonable alternative to the fast tracks jigs. Note, I have some Fast Tracks jigs, but I have not yet acquired any of the Switchworks fixtures. I'm hoping to get some of the Switchworks stuff later this summer so I can sit down and compare the two methods. But I can say from reading (and re-reading and re-reading! :-) the info about Switchworks it certainly looks very interesting. And I like the fact that it has provisions for adding tie plates and additional details during construction for better-looking results. It also seems better thought-out, IMO, and there is a whole system available for building pretty much any kind of track you might need. There are a lot of photos on their site that you can examine to see for yourself.
Image: Switchworks Pro Fixture Tools
Image: Close-up of Switchworks Pro usage
Proto87Stores also has kits available for more traditional hand-laying styles, such as their "Ultimate HO Turnouts and Crossovers" kits, which include all the parts you need to assemble a "museum standard" turnout (their words).
Image: Proto87Stores "Ultimate" Turnout Kits
Hope this helps!
Modeling the South Pennsylvania Railroad ("The Hilltop Route") in the late 50's