My Tinkering

My Tinkering

Postby ConducTTor » Fri May 21, 2010 12:48 am

I have some custom things spread around the site and figured I should put them all in one place. Well, I won't :shock:

But I will from now on :grin:

So, here goes the first entry. I have a bunch of BTTB style switch machines and figured I can save money by reusing them on my new layout with Tillig switches. They will be in the staging area (out of sight) so I am not concerned with looks or anything else. Just function. I'll start this backwards since I made a small video of the first test. In the near future I'll post pics and an explanation of what I did. The switch itself is not complete but obviously that makes no difference.

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Re: My Tinkering

Postby BTTB Fan » Fri May 21, 2010 10:26 pm

Not bad! Those switch machines are much sturdier (not to mention WAY cheaper) than the new Tillig variety.
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Re: My Tinkering

Postby ConducTTor » Sat May 22, 2010 12:46 am

Yeah really, if you already have them there is no reason not to use them. And even if they're old, there's not much that can go wrong with them - ultimately they're just a magnet and a coil.
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Re: My Tinkering

Postby ConducTTor » Sun May 30, 2010 8:39 pm

Here is the mod for the above video.

There are three parts - the shaft, the channel and, the pivot. All are made from brass and soldered together.

The shaft is ~ 28mm long by 3 - 4mm wide. I believe the material is 1mm thick (I haven't measured it).
The shaft is bent to hook into the Tillig switch.

The channel is just that - a piece of channel stock cut to 2 ~ 3mm in length. This will be soldered over the hook end of the shaft so the hook has no chance of sliding out sideways.

The pivot is a 2mm long piece of 2mm diameter round stock. It gets soldered to the other end of the shaft and is the part that fits into the BTTB machine.

That's it!

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The next step is to find a way to use these machine as under table machines for the upper deck. But that will come in due time.
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Re: My Tinkering

Postby CaTTwoman281 » Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:36 pm

James has been trying to use relays from RadioShack to operate turnouts, and it trying to make some of them purely mechanical, like how many older turnouts were in real-life.

Sometimes I wonder if buying him the old issues of Model Railroader haven't made him try to make things more complex...
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Re: My Tinkering

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:32 am

K.I.S.S.
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Re: My Tinkering

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:43 pm

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Re: My Tinkering

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:55 pm

By the way, for our international friends, k.i.s.s. stands for "Keep It Simple Stupid".
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Re: My Tinkering

Postby richardedmonds » Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:36 pm

I just noticed the original post which I missed before and am ecstatic about watching TT trains while listening to Vangellis absolutely brilliant
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