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ocalicreek
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Posted - 01/04/2019 :  4:17:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit ocalicreek's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I like sipping coffee and looking at the workbench, or the railroad, whether or not a train is running. But that's one reason I built the current railroad with a continuous running option, so that I could just sit and sip and think. I like the view you shared - quite a collection of early rail rolling stock.

As for ground throws, I currently don't have any machines on the switches and have been operating just fine with only one turnout needing to be held in place. I use a stick pin for that one, and even that will go away once I add some shims to increase the friction beneath the throw bars. I throw them with the same bamboo skewer I use to uncouple the cars.

I'm considering modifying the switch targets to move like Wolfgang Dudler showed in MRH and on his website, but that may be too much effort for such a small thing. I haven't decided if that's important enough to pursue. I have Details West switch stands and targets but they aren't yet installed.

I used Caboose ground throws on my timesaver along with slide switches embedded beneath the throw bar to power the frog. Had one slide switch fail and digging it out was a pain. I replaced it with a micro lever switch and that has worked fine, but I decided then I wouldn't use that arrangement again. Right now I don't have to power frogs. If I do I may go with a Frog Juicer.

Have you seen the caboose ground throws mounted beneath the head ties?

Galen


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Michael Hohn
Fireman



Posted - 02/01/2019 :  5:06:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Galen,

Many of my old-style turnouts, where power is routed through the points, work without ground throws until I ballast the track, which means its time to install power-routing ground throws. My newer DCC friendly turnouts have unpowered frogs. My little 4-4-0 stalls every time. Therefore I need power-routing ground throws of some sort.

Im not familiar with that particular type of Caboose Hobbies ground throw. Maybe Im misunderstanding what you are asking.

Mike



Edited by - Michael Hohn on 02/01/2019 5:09:11 PM

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OK Hogger
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Posted - 02/02/2019 :  1:33:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike:

I don't want to sound "negative", but I've read the Caboose Hobbies power routing switch throws are not very durable or reliable. Perhaps some research concerning before commiting?

Andre



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 02/02/2019 :  2:47:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Andre,

Caboose Hobbies have made two versions, the original was difficult to assemble and was delicate. The newer version is much easier to construct and much more robust.

Mike



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OK Hogger
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