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manual turnout control
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, November 3, 2003 8:09 AM
Does anyone know what happened to SLW, or Semaphore Locomotive Works out of Racine WI. I want to purchase a manual turnout contol system and the "choke cable" type they sold looked good, everything was done. Did someone buy them and sell under a diffrent name, or is anyone aware of a good manual control system?
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, November 3, 2003 8:14 AM
Try these: http://www.humpyard.com/

They even look like interlocking switch levers. No experience with them whatsoever...

Andrew

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, November 3, 2003 8:28 AM
That's a neat URL that masonjar posted! Harold Werthwein uses something similar on his Erie layout. It is discussed briefly in the Allen Keller video on his layout and there are pictures of it in the Great Model Railroads (or Model Railroad Planning-one of the two)article from a few years ago. I simply use Caboose Industries ground throws. Not the most prototype looking, but absolutely fool proof. I'm getting old enought I'd ratther go for the simple to install and maintain. In either case, good luck Murphy4, and ENJOY!

Ed
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, November 3, 2003 3:50 PM
I have used manual turnout controls for several years and much prefer them over electrical switch machines for several reasons. The wiring is much simpler, they never break or burn out and they rarely need adjustment. By having to accompany the train around the layout to do switching, it gives more of a prototype feel to operations.

I build my own from articles in MR over the years. I have never used choke cables, preferring instead model airplane bell cranks if there is a need to reach a difficult spot on the layout. Now that I have "gone modular" on recent layouts, that's usually not necessary anyway as no turnout is more than a couple of feet from the fascia board.

The biggest expense is for the DPDT slide switch and you can get good prices on them if you order them in quantity. Stiff piano wire works well, especially if you guide it through screw eye hooks to keep it form flexing. For control handles, I use small wooden turnings that you can buy at Michael's or similar craft stores.

John

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