I purchased a Lot of Life-Like Power Loc track on e-bay for my son's small layout in his room. The wiring for the turnouts were cut and no remote switches were sent.
I see where I can go inside the switching mechanism and maybe re-solder the wiring....but I'm not sure about the remote switches. Any ideas where I can find something that will work?
When you say "Remote Switches" is it safe to assume that you mean the push-button switches that would be used to change the turnouts? I hate to recommend Radio Shack because of their prices, but if you need only a few push buttons you can get them there. If you need a lot of push buttons, look at purchasing in bulk from someone such as All Electronics at http://www.allelectronics.com
All's catalog numbers MPB-1 and MPB-1B are priced at 10 for $3.25, and Radio Shack would probably want that much for just 2 switches. Of course, shipping must be considered when ordering by mail.
Atlas push button switches for their turnouts would work, too, if you have a local hobby shop that handles Atlas track components.
This is the switch from Walthers.
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I got a chance to call Walther's Tech Service today about this. For those who are interested, the Atlas 150-56 is the same thing as the remote switch for a Life-Like Power-Loc remote turnout.
You need a momentary contact, Double Pull, Center Off, spring loaded. I had to re-solder the wire to the connection board on the switch, but nothing a little Cat-5 wire couldn't handle! :))
I have read the posts concerning the Power-Loc turnouts and using the remote switches. I, too, purchased some Power-Loc track and turnouts for my grandson and we're setting up a small layout in the basement. I'd like to use some sort of toggle-type switch to control the turnouts. I'm confused as to just which type to get. What is a single-pole, double pull switch that one of the people wrote about? How do you know if a switch is "momentary contact"? There are no hobby shops near where I live so I'd have to order something through a catalog or online company. Does anyone have any suggestions regarding reputable companies that handle small parts for people just setting up a train set? Who (or what) is Walthers? Thanks, for any help you can give me.
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