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Does anyone use a spring switch on their layout? Did you make or buy them and how well will they work with pilot & trailing trucks on steam locomotives? Primarily single axle locomotives.
 

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I use a couple on a HO museum layout. They've proved very reliable and much less trouble than the train detector-switch machine system
that was in use. If HO pilot trucks will work them, G shouldn't be a problem.
I used a length of piano wire as the spring.

Harvey C.
 
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the manual switches from LGB have a feathered lever.
trains cut them open, and even the lightest cars or pilotweels don't derail.
 

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Ditto on Kormsen's observation about LGB manual switch motors. I wish I had more of them.
JimC.
 

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I haave a couple of Aristo switches that are sprung. No motors, just Ozark switch stands connected to the throw bar with some wire coiled into a spring. It takes a little fiddling to get it right, then some PM during the year to keep it working.
 

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Kevin should chime in soon with his "rubber switches". I use them and they work great with very little maintenance. Kevin has pictures and the whole shootin match.
Oh Kevin?
 
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