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RobertT
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Posted - 11/16/2017 :  12:03:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi, I had come across a European made slow motion switch machine similar to Tortoise/cobalt types except this had a rigid pin with slider output. It was available from a supplier in the states, but now I can't remember the post or forum I found it in. Any help appreciated.

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desertdrover
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Posted - 11/16/2017 :  4:35:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A little more help in what it looked like, as far as color size style would help use find it for you. There are many out there. Below is three machines off the top of my head, Rix, Peco, and Blue Point.




Louis
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desertdrover
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Posted - 11/16/2017 :  4:50:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And, then you have some from the Swiss, another from Germany, and who knows where.




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desertdrover
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Posted - 11/16/2017 :  5:01:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Than of course you always have the Chinese knock-off types!




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MarkF
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Posted - 11/17/2017 :  10:23:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That Chinese knock-off type looks strangely like a Tortoise!

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desertdrover
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Posted - 11/17/2017 :  11:21:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And of course there is the Servo types of switch machines.




Louis
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RobertT
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Posted - 11/17/2017 :  2:08:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the help, not seeing it here. color was white iirc. enclosed not the tick-tock type like rix or tortoise.
I'll keep looking.



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rvterhune
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Posted - 02/05/2018 :  11:33:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This the machine I was refering to
http://www.modelrailroadcontrolsystems.com/home/



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BurleyJim
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Posted - 02/06/2018 :  01:00:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
rvterhune, did you switch heads with RobertT? Your last post gave it away. Welcome aboard, again.

Jim



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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 02/06/2018 :  10:13:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Louis are you sure you got them all?


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desertdrover
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Posted - 02/06/2018 :  11:41:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Frank Palmer

Louis are you sure you got them all?



Well, where RobertT and rvterhune is the same guy logging in on the Forum, then I think he's just messing with my head.



Louis
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Philip
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Posted - 02/06/2018 :  10:17:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit Philip's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Caboose hobbies is selling those turtle switches in bulk (Tortoises) ...you missed one Louis

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Jack M
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Posted - 02/07/2018 :  01:29:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have two more options for switch machines, one is a new HO version with an operating switch stand made by Rapido called SwitchCrew which are just coming out. They retail for $21.95 each but if you buy them in a 12 pack they can cost just over $19 each.
Here is the link to their website which has a video showing the installation and how they operate:

https://rapidotrains.com/switch-machine/

The next option to build your own switch controls and at a much cheaper price made by a HOn30 modeler I believe who is in Germany. He also provided a video with all the details and how they work, I might choose this route on my layout. Here is the link to his website:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rLkSOauduw

The terminal blocks that he uses for the controls can be found on EBAY for about $3.25 for 12 but I didn't want to wait on EBAY so I found them at my local Lowes store for just over $8 for the same quanity. He uses a miniature DTDP toggle switch which can be found locally at various sources. Instead of using 4MM metal rods as suggested in the video I would substitute rods cut from ordinary metal coat hangers which we all have on hand.
There are more than likely many other options but these two is what I would use for my personal use.

Jack M




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