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yrnmb

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Switch Machine question
« on: January 25, 2012, 02:46:25 PM »

I plan on utilizing under-the-roadbed hand thrown mechanisms to control most of the turnouts on my forthcoming layout. However, there are a few turnouts that don't lend themselves to this method. I need something like the Tortoise switch machine for these, but before I buy anything, I thought I'd see if anyone had recommendations. I can purchase Tortoise's for around $15, so any alternate actuators would need to be in the $15-$20 range. Is anyone familiar with pros/cons of other styles? Thanks in advance for any help.

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Re: Switch Machine question
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2012, 07:16:56 PM »
I can't offer much advise to you because ive never built a layout.

There was a discussion on another using Servo motors (the cheap ones in radio control cars and things). You can get them down around $2 on ebay and use a momentary double pole switch.

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=34906&whichpage=1

I have thrown round a few ideas on there but haven't tested any as yet.
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Re: Switch Machine question
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2012, 07:18:52 PM »
http://www.tamvalleydepot.com/products/servosaccessories.html

A few pictures there show how easy they would be to mount
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Re: Switch Machine question
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2012, 11:23:01 PM »

Thanks, this is exactly what I'm looking for. I'll look over this information and see how it compares to the Tortiose machine.