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    I have purchased some Rapido switch stands and want to install them on my B&M layout.

    After doing some research I still have some questions. From what I can see, the B&M switch stands had rectangular yellow targets attached to the shaft, with a lantern at the top of the switch stand.

    Is this correct? The switch stand will be along the main line as well as in yards and sidings. I model the B&M in the later 40's and early 50's if this makes a difference.

    Any help on this matter will be greatly appreciated.

    I'm looking forward to hearing from you and thank you for your time.

    Regards

    Dave

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    Hi Dave, member Mike (Mike Hamer) models the B&M Railroad, PM or email him, she should have the answers needed. He has been off the Forum for a while so an email is probably best.

    Here is a picture of a BM 1246 (Passenger Car)and the switch stand along side at Contoocook, NH.




    Louis L&R Western Railroad
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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    • #3
      Dave,

      Louis has a Good Idea, as usual, but Forum member James VanBokkelen is a regular contributor here and will probably have the answer off the top of his head.

      Louis-- nice photo!


      Pete

      in Michigan

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      • #4
        Dave,

        Louis has a Good Idea, as usual, but Forum member James VanBokkelen is a regular contributor here and will probably have the answer off the top of his head.

        Louis-- nice photo!


        Pete

        in Michigan

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        • #5
          quote:


          Originally posted by Orionvp17


          Dave,

          Louis has a Good Idea, as usual, but Forum member James VanBokkelen is a regular contributor here and will probably have the answer off the top of his head.

          Louis-- nice photo!


          Pete

          in Michigan


          Nice come back Pete, how did I ever forget about James. :erm: Yes indeed he would have some research knowledge about the B&M. :up:


          Louis L&R Western Railroad
          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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          • #6
            Thanks, Pete & Louis. The switch stand in Louis' Contoocook photo is B&M standard for a 'high' switch stand. I recall that outside yards, many of them had the mileage painted on the rectangular target. Even at the end in the 1980s I think they usually re-used old switchstands from abandoned lines rather than buy new. I use Evergreen Hill Designs #EH620 soft metal castings on my layout. I recall discussion on BM_RR@yahoogroups.com where someone named the make and model, but it appears I didn't archive that email and none of my pictures are close enough to read the logo etc. on the castings.

            Rapido's picture of a 'Racor 17B' is a decent match but not exact. Their 'Racor 20C' is also fairly close to the B&M's standard 'low' switch stand, but it carries the lantern lower than B&M examples I've photographed. None of their targets match B&M practice. I can post some pictures if you'd like?
            James

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            • #7
              Thank you all very much for your resent reply to my post. The evergreen switch stand is nice but where I got a fantastic deal from Rapido, I am going to use theirs. I will modify the target and paint them yellow. In the Rapido kit they do have a switch stand base that is very close to the B&M stand. I'm not sure but I might also have to use a longer piece of metal wire to get the correct height.

              Once again....thank you for your help.

              Dave

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by kot2b


                Thank you all very much for your resent reply to my post. The evergreen switch stand is nice but where I got a fantastic deal from Rapido, I am going to use theirs. I will modify the target and paint them yellow. In the Rapido kit they do have a switch stand base that is very close to the B&M stand. I'm not sure but I might also have to use a longer piece of metal wire to get the correct height.

                Once again....thank you for your help.

                Dave


                Dave please show pictures of your finished Rapido used switch stands after being modified. Looking forward to your version!


                Louis L&R Western Railroad
                Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                • #9
                  I took a close look at a Ramapo #17 switchstand of the B&M style up at Seashore Trolley Museum today. Detail photos posted to the 'Boston & Maine, Depots and Structures' group on FB just now (Apple deliberately makes it difficult to get photos off their products). I also did a little more investigating: Racor is a corporate successor to Ramapo Foundry, but I guess they changed the '17' design at some point.
                  James

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                  • #10
                    Funny that the Seaside Trolley museum should come up. I think just about forty years ago I purchased a switch stand from them for $50.00 and it is now my mail box. During a winter snow storms I throw the switch so the snow plow doesn't hit it. I replaced and painted the target yellow but wasn't sure if that was correct. I'll send pictures of my model switch stand as well as the real one.

                    Dave

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