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  • #91
    Thank you, Russ. Visiting this site lead me to search something in Europe, and I think I've found an interesting German provider. I am very impressed by the variety of plexiglass based products available.

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    • #92
      Good looking panel Russ! Frederic the hardware stores here carry it and will cut it to size for you. You can buy it by the square foot.

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      • #93
        Hey Russ,

        Great looking control panel for sure! That black plexi really makes the unit look professionaly made, and the taping is first-class.

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        • #94
          I installed one of the Miniatronics mini toggle switches and LED holder into the panel to hook up to my 'test' Tortoise motor bought used on eBay. While drilling out the hole for the LED holder, I made the hole too small. When drilling it out to the proper diameter, the bit hung up on the plexi and cracked it in three places. [!] The cracks aren't long, but two are noticeable while the third is a fine hairline. I don't want to have to scrap the plexi and start all over again, so I covered the worst cracks with identification labels. It doesn't look too bad, either.

          I looked at a coupe of S scale switch stands to hook up to my single completed turnout and had to make a decision. The NJ International low Ramapo operating switch stand has a lighted lantern on top and is 19.95 with shipping:

          http://www.njinternational.com/s_scale_accessories.htm

          The Railway Engineering operating switch stand is the older type typical of short lines and narrow gauge railroads with no lantern but the typical large target. It's two dollar less than the NJ International, but can also be used to actually throw the turnout, too, if desired.

          http://www.railwayeng.com/handstnd.htm

          I decided on the Railway Engineering 'Hand Stand' with a diamond target because it is not only typical of narrow gauge equipment, but looks durable and easy to install. Having all Railway Engineering turnouts, I'm also very satisfied with the quality, too. Photos to follow...stay tuned!

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          • #95
            Hey Russ,

            Sounds like you're making some good progress on the layout. Too bad about the Plexi, but it sounds like you've got a good fix in place. Now that you (ooops, your wife!!) has a new camera, you need to post some more photos!

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            • #96
              I've installed the first Tortoise switch motor and it works fine. One suggestion for members who are using thick foam on board...instead of simply drilling a hole for the throw wire, drill two to form a slot. This will compensate for the longer throw motion of the wire further down from the surface. That's what I had to do to in order to get my motor to work smoothly. I also hooked up the control toggle and indicator LED showing red for siding and 'green' for main clear. It's supposed to be a red/green LED but it looks kinda yellow. That's okay as long as the next one that I get is the same. Now to get more Tortoises! By the way, if you look at the label, 'freight station', you'll see a bit of a lump under the label. That's where I cracked the plexi while enlarging the hole for the LED holder.







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              • #97
                This is the operating switch stand that I will be using on the layout. It's modeled after the high rigid Star stand and will look great after it's painted and installed.


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                • #98
                  Neat looking stand Russ!

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                  • #99
                    Russ, I'm just catching up on your thread. Don't know how I missed it! Your layout looks great!
                    Mark

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                    • Thanks, Guys! Here's a close-up of this little gem. It's fully operational and can be used to manually throw a turnout by using the attached handle, by connecting it to a manual rod system like Blue Point or Bullfrog, or attached to a moving connector tie. I'm going to connect it to the tie, get it painted, ballast the turnout, and take another photo. [:-bigmouth]


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                      • This is really a very nice looking stand, Russ, and apparently a sturdy thing!

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                        • Well Russ, unlike me, you've been making some progress. The control panel looks great, as does that switch stand.
                          Bruce

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                          • Congratulations on a successful Tortoise installation, Russ. I'm looking forward to your post(s) on installing the operating switch stand.

                            Vagel

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                            • Thanks for the kind words, Guys. The Railway Engineering switch stand didn't work out...I misread the description. [:-dunce] This stand is for use with manually thrown arrangements, either from the stand itself or with an under-table rod. The problem is that the distance of travel of the point rails is not enough to rotate the target a full 45 degrees. I spent a good while tinkering with it, but couldn't get it to work. After doing some photo research, I found that the East Broad Top narrow gauge used Ramapo syle high and low switch stands on the main and were probably installed after removing the stub switches and harp stands. The harp stands were kept in a few locations, notably at the yard across the road from the Orbisonia station. Sooooo.....Next up is an S scale NJ International Ramapo low switch stand. Actually, this is a 'mid', especially when compared to the O and HO scale low stands. Don't know why this one has a taller mast. These are fully operational and complete with lantern lights:

                              http://www.njinternational.com/s_scale_accessories.htm

                              I'll be ordering it soon and when it comes in I'll get right to it!

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                              • They look very nice, Russ.

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