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Walthers turnout centering yoke.

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Walthers turnout centering yoke.
Posted by 1arfarf3 on Monday, April 25, 2022 11:53 AM

The first step listed on switch machine instructions is:

1. Temporarily mount turnout using the centering yoke to lock points at center.

What is the centering yoke? 

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Posted by NorthsideChi on Monday, April 25, 2022 12:46 PM

It's a u shaped piece of plastic they include with the kit so the track switch component is perfectly centered. When you buy the switch machine, it's calibrated to have that rod set perfectly centered out of the box so you can properly line it up with the track above

To be honest, I don't think you really need it if you can't find it. On your track, move the switch piece to the center As best you can. That's where the hole is then drilled.  Their switch machines have wide tolerances so you'll be OK, even if it's not absolutely perfect

Additionally theres how-to videos on YouTube for this product. 

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, April 25, 2022 2:14 PM

It looks like the thing my red arrow is pointing to:

 Turnout_Actuator_Walthers by Edmund, on Flickr

Walthers Photo

NorthsideChi
To be honest, I don't think you really need it if you can't find it.

In nearly all the Walthers/Shinohara turnouts I have when it came time to install the Tortoise from below I simply, and gently, wedged a pair of wooden toothpicks on either point to center the throwbar.

Hasn't failed me yet.

Good Luck, Ed

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Posted by CharlieM on Monday, April 25, 2022 5:13 PM

If you're using cork or other soft roadbed I find a a pair of push pins work great. Just insert them between the outside fixed rails and the points and they will hold the points in a centered position while you line up and insert the servo or Tortoise from below. Place a piece of double sided carpet tape on the mounting surface of the actuator so you can retry if you get it misaligned. When it's OK, go back and insert the mounting screws. Easy.

Charlie - Northern Colorado

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Posted by NorthsideChi on Monday, April 25, 2022 6:42 PM

Just a quick note. I have 24 of these switch machines.  They are reliable.  There was recently a bad batch a year ago that had some issues not responding. So if you have some issues, don't get stressed making it work.  Walthers was excellent with troubleshooting and replacing a unit.  They work really nice otherwise.  

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Posted by richhotrain on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 7:23 AM

gmpullman

In nearly all the Walthers/Shinohara turnouts I have when it came time to install the Tortoise from below I simply, and gently, wedged a pair of wooden toothpicks on either point to center the throwbar.

Hasn't failed me yet.

Same here except that I visually center the points and then use a piece of masking tape to hold the points in place until I can screw down the Tortoise to the underside of the layout. That centering yoke on the Walthers switch seems unnecessary.

Rich

Alton Junction

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