installing switch machines under foam

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Santa Fe Jack, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. Santa Fe Jack

    Santa Fe Jack Member

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    Eureka! I've figured out a very neat way to install switch machines under multilayered foam board. I just got lucky on this one, since I had not planeed it this way, but it worked perfectly. Here's a quick pic:

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    For full details, visit the web site in the sig!

    - John (very happy with how this worked out) :)
  2. J. Steffen

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    Great!

    Got any tips on how to hide atlas snap switch mechanisms that are on top of the foam?
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    J. Steffan: Lots of rocks, bushes and grass.sign1
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    That's what I was afraid of....lol

    I throw a switch and watch a bush on the north fourty wiggle back and forth.
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    Hey guys:wave: , not trying to steal this thread, ok?
    Jeff, I saw a post somewhere( don't know who the author is, or I would give credit where is due), but if you cut off the throw bar where it sticks out past the switch, glue it underneath the throwbar, and then glue the switch machine underneath the switch, your set. The only problem is, if the switch machine burns out, you have to replace the whole switch.

    Loren
  6. Santa Fe Jack

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    Um, guys - this is about installing Tortoise switch machines, and they have almost no expression on the layout surface. So, there is no landscaping needed! They are all hidden, which is cool. So go start your own thread. :p

    - John
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    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

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    Hi John,

    That is a neat idea. Based on my limted experience how well do you think this set-up will hold over time?

    Shane
  8. Santa Fe Jack

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    Hey, Shane -

    Well, the switch machines are held quite firmly, and they don't exert a lot of torque on the board. I think that if held in with a bit of glue (RTV, perhaps?) they should last as long as the layout.

    - John