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Walthers Switch Machine Dimensions?

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Walthers Switch Machine Dimensions?
Posted by Metro Red Line on Friday, February 24, 2023 4:24 PM

I'm starting to install some Tortoise machines under my layout but one turnout happens to be in a tight spot between another turnout machine and a cross-brace of my benchwork. So I'm looking for smaller slow-motion switch machine options for that turnout. 

I just discovered Walthers makes an under-table switch machine but I have no idea how large the mounting footprint is. Does anyone have this and can anyone measure the mounting footprint dimensions? It's #942-101 and looks like this:


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Posted by maxman on Friday, February 24, 2023 5:07 PM
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Posted by NorthsideChi on Sunday, February 26, 2023 10:08 AM

They actually make two versions.  When I head downstairs next time I'll measure both along with wire clearance which isn't mentioned.  Mine are in an extremely compact space in a viaduct so I didn't have a 1/16th inch to spare 

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Posted by doctorwayne on Monday, February 27, 2023 12:15 AM

Metro Red Line
I'm starting to install some Tortoise machines under my layout but one turnout happens to be in a tight spot between another turnout machine and a cross-brace of my benchwork. So I'm looking for smaller slow-motion switch machine options for that turnout.

While it's not slow motion, a Blue Point switch machine takes-up little room, and might be a useful alternative if space is at a premium.
Here's a couple under the partial upper level of my layout...

...and the control knobs that activate them...

...via lengths of piano wire.

Another option that takes up little room is Rapido's switch motor...

...and the same one with the ground cover restored...

Wayne

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