Haddock51

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  1. Haddock51

    Switch modification

    The first test with the TEE VT11.5 went well - with virtually no margins at all ...!
  2. Haddock51

    Switch modification

    Thanks! TME - why not? Interesting to see what's coming up next ...
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    Switch modification

    It's possible if you have plastic tracks/switches. In the case of 9V switches, to change direction without throw lever is more difficult because of the resistance related to the metal plates.
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    Switch modification

    Fixed - finally... Not after 20 minutes, but after several hours... This has indeed been a rather challenging exercise with several difficult modifications. Since the system is not symmetric, I had to add an additional pin to the bar to get contact with the "tongue" of the switch. Unfortunately. OnDrew J. Hardigan did not reveal the details inside his modification (see first picture at the beginning of this topic). In fact I doubt if this modfied switch really works, unless modifications on the bar have been done - which would certainly require more than 20 minutes for the entire modification... Also notice that the bar (with unchanged length) requires a space of 7 (not 5) studs on the opposite side.
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    Switch modification

    Thank you @Toastie I am still interested in seeing your rendering you mentionned on May 16!
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    Switch modification

    This is what this entire topic is all about!! With the risk of repeating myself, the fact remains that the levers are pointing in different directions (relative to the point) - for the same point position - depending on which side of the point the levers are mounted! Having used 9V tracks and points for more than 20 years, of course I can immediately read all my point postions by just watching the throw levers. For somebody who is not familiar with the discussed modifications, this might be more confusing in the future, particularly on layout sections with multiple points - and levers on different sides. (One solution could be to go for different lever colours...) Having said that, I am still set to proceed with the modification to move the lever to the opposite side, in both cases shown in this topic.
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    Switch modification

    So here's the challenge! Any suggestions on how to combine the LEGO throw lever with a simple signal that always shows the right point direction irrespective location of the throw mechanism!
  8. Haddock51

    Switch modification

    @Toastie A modification of the throw lever to the opposite side would also imply that the lever would point in the opposite direction. A trained "switch eye" would of course immediately notice this difference compared to standard throw levers on the layout. Strange that no one so far has commented this consequence (either because it is simply too obvious or because it doesn't matter for non fundamentalists ...). I checked some switches IRL (Weichensignale Deutschland) and found among others these two pictures. Unlike LEGO's standard switches, they both show levers (combined with switch signals) on the straight side of the switch which seems to be standard in Germany (and most likely in other countries as well). So the modified version with throw lever on the straight side would actually be the "correct" one compared to reality, showing straight position when lever points away from track.
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    Switch modification

    @Roadmonkeytj My feeling is that this is both a functional and a design matter. From a design point of view, I would probably give duq's suggestion with the speed regulators under the table a second thought, rather than elevate these speed regulators by 4 bricks. I don't want these regulators to dominate this layout at the very front. In addition, this switch will be one of the most important and trafficated switches of the entire layout since most of the trains in the future will access/exit the train shelves through this siding.
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    Switch modification

    Don't worry @zephyr1934, I don't consider myself to be ultra pure w.r.t. modifications. After close to a hundred 9V track and switch modifications, I feel rather experienced in this field. To remove a throw lever however will be slightly different since it touches the "heart" of the switch. At this point in time, I am still set to proceed with Toasties "20 minutes time frame" proposal (see his reply from May 9). I am quite sure that this modification would fit and work nicely on both spots.
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    Switch modification

    Unfortunately, to swap regulators is not an option here. The reason - again - is the nose overhang of the VT 11.5. Your solution with speed regulators under the table looks indeed very nice and professional. In this case however, there are two major problems with this proposal: at this very corner, I have to install the cable terminal and another Voltcraft EP-925 transformer under the table. As you can see on the picture, this corner is close to the door to the porch. The remaining space between table and door is approx. 60 cm and to the shelves on the left hand side approx. 1 m, a minimum space I promised to my wife .... A speed regulator shelf under the table would by default further reduce this space, at a frequently trafficated spot in this room, including dogs ... Therefore, I have decided to place all four speed regulators on the table at the edge. And to insert another straight track before the switch is also ruled out because this would not leave enough space for the longest train shelves that will be placed at this siding. Quite amazing, in this 40 square meters Lego room, I have to force studs and millimeters all over ...
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    Switch modification

    During the past weekend, I preliminarily mounted tracks on my new layout to check space and distances. I reallized that I need to modify another switch to provide space for the second speed regulator with outside heatsink. On this halfcurve switch, I will have to move the throw to the opposite side.
  13. Haddock51

    Switch modification

    There is no rush at all. I am still using LDD despite all the missing pieces. Several Swebrick members have been trying to convince me to move to Stud.io but I still have not made up my mind. They also told me that I can use Stud.io files in LDD.
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    Switch modification

    The main reason behind this modification is to provide clearance. Remote control - both electric and pneumatic - are not on top of my agenda, for reasons mainly related to the complexity of this layout. To spend a lot of effort on a remote switch with medium to low importance is simply not proportionate to the outcome. Having said that, my focus remains on manually operated solutions. No, I don't use MLCAD any longer (a tool I abandonned many years ago for couple of reasons). I basically share your comments w.r.t. Ben Coiffman's approach. So @Toastie, I would be happy if you could render some more pictures.
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    Switch modification

    Thank you @baard for this interesting proposal! Amazing how many suggestions that have come up so far on a "simple" topic like switch modification ... I think your idea with the technic gear rack could be feasable. However, I need to better understand this construction and how it works. Could you provide additional pictures showing this construction dismantled? How is the technic gear rack linked to the lever inside the switch? Where and to what is the lowered shaft on the right side leading? Is it electrically operated? If I choose to operate this switch manually using a technic gear rack together with a throw lever, how can I be/make sure that the switch is fixed in the selected positions? The inside lever is spring loaded (see @Toasties input from last thursday), would that mechanism still work?