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Author:  Lee [ Sat Nov 01, 2008 7:57 am ]
Post subject:  Tortoise Switch Machine

Has anyone used the Tortoise Switch Machine with 2 inch foam board and cork road bed? What size wire did you use to move the throw bar and what size hole did you drill in the throw bar?

Author:  Bikerdad [ Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Tortoise Switch Machine

bumpady bumpa bump bump. :?:

Author:  Chris [ Sat May 23, 2009 5:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tortoise Switch Machine

My layout is about 1.75" "thick" (plywood + foam + foam roadbed ). My package of wire says 0.39" (but it must be labelled wrong, because I drill a 0.35" hole in the throwbar). It works, but I'm not 100% satisfied. The hole in the throwbar weakens it pretty badly, and now I'm finding I have to go back and replace some of them. I'll probably have to use HO PC ties for throwbars from now on. If I had to start all over, I'd use thinner foam for the layout base.

Author:  Lee [ Wed May 27, 2009 11:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tortoise Switch Machine

I did some experimenting and took some HO PC ties and with my one inch belt sander I narrowed the tie down close to the N scale ties except in the middle I left them wide where I drill the holes. I built a test stand out of my layout base material with a Tortoise switch machine attached and use it to test my switchs when finished.

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