Powering Fast Tracks Frog with manual throw...

Sumner Jun 5, 2019

  1. Sumner

    Sumner TrainBoard Member

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    I'm wondering what you guys do about powering the frog using Fast Tracks turnouts it you use the over-center spring and are manually operating the turnout?

    This will be N-scale but assume it would be the same with other scales.

    Thanks,

    Sumner
     
  2. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    I'm not a builder of these, so am uncertain what the over-center spring is, but somewhere I saw that users with manual table-front controls are using an inexpensive slide switch, like in this video or beneath the table anywhere along the control rod's length.

     
  3. Joe Lovett

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    The NEONS a local N scale model railroad club in Tulsa use slide switches to control the turnouts. They file down the top of the switch to get rid of the ridges and paint them silver to represent a control box.

    Joe
     
  4. Sumner

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    Thanks guys. I'm aware of the slide switches to move the points and switch the frog polarity. I hadn't seen the video shown above before, so thanks for that.

    I'm wonder what people do to change the polarity if they move the points by hand. I can see putting a switch on the fascia and flipping it to match the way the points have been thrown by hand as one way. The switch could also power LED's to show which route the polarity is set for. I'm wondering if anyone has a different solution.

    I'll be using and over-center spring on the ones I hand throw ....



    Sumner
     
  5. Hardcoaler

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    I see now about the spring. (y) I have a friend who's using Fast Tracks N Scale turnouts and his work looks great. The guy who creates the Fast Tracks videos does an excellent job, with a superb narrative, a perfect pace and high quality videography. I wish more things on YouTube were as well done.
     
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