Mechanically operated turn-outs?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Gary S., Nov 17, 2005.

  1. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

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    Instead of using electrically operate remote turn-outs, does anyone have info on mechanically operating them with a push-rod type device under the lay-out, or perhaps a cable in a housing or some type of arrangement?
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    There are lots of options here. www.humpyard.com makes an interesting "protoypical" lever that connects via a choke-cable type arrangement. There have also been articles in MR about how to do this, even including a small electricl switch for those turnouts with electro-frogs.

    Andrew
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    jim currie Active Member

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    there was artical years back on using springs and string and one i rember was on using hydraulics for switch power.
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Wire-in-tube is a popular English method. They have supplies of the stuff, but I couldn't get it when I needed it. They also have miniature (not scale) signal box levers to operate it.
    The wire and tube that aeroplane modellers use should work. A slight bend will make the tube hold the wire more stiffly. I use similar methods to connect switch machines when I can't get near the switch. Stich a knob on the end or melt it into a plastic thumb tack.
  5. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    You can get choke cables from your local auto parts store, and cut them to the length you need.
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    Excellent links, exactly what I was looking for! Thanks!
  10. Russ Bellinis

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    One other possibility for turnouts near the front of the bench work is to use Peco turnouts. They have a spring on the points. You can just use your finger to move the points. As soon as the spring goes over center, it snaps the points to the other position.