Lever style mechanical turnout control

Lever style mechanical turnout control

Postby voyttek » Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:13 pm

I wonder if any of you know if this "Lever style mechanical turnout control" would work for our scale?
Has anybody had any experience with this product?
Thanks, Voyttek
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Re: Lever style mechanical turnout control

Postby railtwister » Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:23 pm

Hi voyttek,

Can you be a little more specific about which product you're referring to?

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Re: Lever style mechanical turnout control

Postby voyttek » Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:47 pm

This is a "Hump Yard Purveyance" advertized in last "Model Railroader" for HO and N scale layouts shown on www.humpyard.com.
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Re: Lever style mechanical turnout control

Postby areibel » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:11 pm

I think you're looking for something like this?
http://www.cabooseind.com/GroundThrows
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Re: Lever style mechanical turnout control

Postby CSD » Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:51 pm

Voyttek, very cool.
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Re: Lever style mechanical turnout control

Postby railtwister » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:20 pm

voyttek wrote:This is a "Hump Yard Purveyance" advertized in last "Model Railroader" for HO and N scale layouts shown on http://www.humpyard.com.


Hi voyttek,

I'm sure these could be made to work if you are willing to fabricate the linkage yourself, and it might not be too bad to do for a small layout. However, a larger layout would be a lot of work, especially if you tried to do all the turnouts, even the ones in remote corners. For a centralized yard, where the turnouts were reasonably close to the control station, it would be pretty cool, though. The levers mimic the controls found in an interlocking station (switch tower), which were mechanically linked to turnouts near the tower. You'd probably want to rig some micro-switches somewhere in the linkage to handle frog polarity, but if the layout is DCC, this could be done electronically with control units called "Hex Frog Juicers", which would be easier & require less maintenance.

Good luck,
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Re: Lever style mechanical turnout control

Postby dileTTante » Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:06 am

My first thought was that bicycle gear shifting levers could do the same job, especially if you get used ones from old bikes to save money. But the Humpyard things save work and look better.
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