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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:26 pm 
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I think this is a switch machine similar to the Blue Point Turnout Controller with provisions for a cable or wire connection for manual control and simple electrical contacts for frog power routing.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:34 pm 
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Its some kind of small cab sitting on a small two axle truck which pivots in the center. Kinda of like a small Donkey Crane! That is what I think it is.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:46 pm 
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The Inside of the PC Board Tie Cutting Tool

Dale Florence


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:16 pm 
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Could it be a Ballast spreader or some type of Track painting Jig?


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:56 pm 
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I think it's the case for a slow motion switch machine


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:22 am 
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It the float bridge lift and control building.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:29 pm 
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It is a quantum vacuum intenselizer device to redirect virtual quantum particles onto the rails at the points where we normally cut the rail gaps so that we no longer have to break jewelers saw blades since there will now be no need to gap the rails. What a money saver!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:36 pm 
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Well...it looks to me like the guts for the TieBreaker tool ... ?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:23 am 
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Hmmm...

I think I have a pretty decent idea as to how all the parts fit together but I have no clue as to what it might be!

Maybe some kind of bending tool, like a mini rail/pipe bender?

Im pretty keen to learn more about those money savers, especially because I'm a student with little income and big plans to begin my first layout!

MYKL.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 3:02 pm 
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What ever it is, only 7 more days till we find out. Who had the closest guess to real design?? Tim or Ron would have to make that call.

I hate not getting the $100 bucks.

What will the new thing cost?

Have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday, and thanks to all those who are and were in the service of your country, to help provide the freedom we have today to sit and guess on silly little contraptions we have no idea about.

Kurt. Retired MSgt, USAF, and a train nut...... :)

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All will be revealed on July 8. Stay tuned!


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:24 pm 
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It's a seris of track gauge templates.

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milo


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:43 am 
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Fast Tracks makes Templates, Jigs and Fixtures. I now believe this to be one of the three for building manual hand thrown switch controllers for their Turnouts with electrical connection to be attached.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 2:47 pm 
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My guess is it will be something on wheels. :idea: Just what I don't know yet. :!:

Something small in a box type configuration. It is puzzeling still. :?:

Kurt

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:57 pm 
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I don't think folks have been focusing on the hint. It's a money-saving line of products. To save money on something like a switch machine, over a $15 tortoise, you would have to produce something really cheap; hard to do in smaller quantities.

But what are the most expensive parts of hand laid track? Well, the jigs, pointform, stockaid, and frog helper parts. Indeed, all of these are specific to a particular size turnout, in both rail size and in diverging rate.

I also think that although the picture looks to be wood that it is simply cheaper/faster for making a prototype, and the final unit will be out of metal.

So I'm guessing some sort of adjustable jig, pointform, stockaid, or frog helper that will greatly reduce the number of variants you have to buy to make a complete line. Also sounds like something you would announce at a major train show!


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