Manual Turnout Control idea by FREMO America-N

I’ve been surfing through the website for the German FREMO club America-N a lot lately. They manage a terrific website and within it a page outlining their method of manually controlling turnouts. They too are relying on a DPDT switch to both control the polarity at the frog and also to lock the blades in either position.

My method to control turnouts using a DPDT switch. One piece of music wire moves the switch blades and a second runs out to the fascia.

My method to control turnouts using a DPDT switch. One piece of music wire moves the switch blades and a second runs out to the fascia.

Here’s a link to their page:
http://www.fremo-net.eu/1109.html

At the heart of their design is a brass rod from the fascia. This rod is slid in and out to move the blades. What I liked was how they have separated out the switch and the wire to the turnout. This would make it a lot easier to install both and also build in some spring action to compensate for the broad throw of the switch and the much more limited travel an N scale turnout needs. Their method is pretty simple and makes terrific use of readily available parts. Check it out.

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