Go Back   The Whistle Post - Model Railroad Forum > Model Railroading > The Craftsman's Bench
Home Register FAQ Members List Social Groups Donate Chat! Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Josta

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 06-28-2012, 09:25 PM
Mr. D.'s Avatar
Conductor
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 272
Switch stand?

Does anyone have any plans or how to's on building a scratch build HO switch stand that works with the switch?

Or any tips or anything? I know they are fairly cheap to buy and all that, but I would rather build my own and I think building the stand and targets will be easy, but getting it to rotate 90 deg when the switch throws is the big problem.


Thanks
__________________
See my railfan photos and videos at the links below.
Mr. D's Railfan Page
Mr. D's Facebook Page
Mr. D's You Tube Channel
Mr. D's Model Railroad Blog
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 06-28-2012, 09:41 PM
Josta's Avatar
Engineer
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Big Bear Lake, CA
Posts: 583
I have about 25-30 of them on my layout. They are slightly modified Details West 915 switchstands that, inspired by a video by Wolfgang Dudler, I built a simplified bell crank system for. It works great and is a jaw-dropper for my model railroader friends who come over. I realize they aren't scratch-built but you can use the bell crank idea for it.

Here is a video of it:

Operational switch stand-HO scale - YouTube

I posted a very brief article on it here earlier:

Operating switch stands

Since I posted this thread, I've simplified it further; instead of wrapping the brass wire around the bell crank twice, I just formed a tight, flat loop at one end of the brass wire, filled it with solder, and drilled a hole through the center of it. If you look closely at the video you'll see it.

John
__________________
Member: NMRA, OERM, Bear Valley Model Railroaders
Brass Hat: HO Scale Gulf & Pacific Railroad, Big Bear City CA

"Trains don't stop running after dark...."

My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/jostaiii?feature=mhum

Last edited by Josta; 06-28-2012 at 09:44 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 06-29-2012, 12:43 AM
Mr. D.'s Avatar
Conductor
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 272
Quote:
Originally Posted by Josta View Post
I have about 25-30 of them on my layout. They are slightly modified Details West 915 switchstands that, inspired by a video by Wolfgang Dudler, I built a simplified bell crank system for. It works great and is a jaw-dropper for my model railroader friends who come over. I realize they aren't scratch-built but you can use the bell crank idea for it.

Here is a video of it:

Operational switch stand-HO scale - YouTube

I posted a very brief article on it here earlier:

Operating switch stands

Since I posted this thread, I've simplified it further; instead of wrapping the brass wire around the bell crank twice, I just formed a tight, flat loop at one end of the brass wire, filled it with solder, and drilled a hole through the center of it. If you look closely at the video you'll see it.

John
Ok, What I don't get is how to get the rod to rotate 90 deg with the VERY short distance the switch moves? Sorry if I am not seeing it or missing it.
__________________
See my railfan photos and videos at the links below.
Mr. D's Railfan Page
Mr. D's Facebook Page
Mr. D's You Tube Channel
Mr. D's Model Railroad Blog
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 06-29-2012, 02:02 PM
Josta's Avatar
Engineer
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Big Bear Lake, CA
Posts: 583
Here is Wolfgang's video; that may help you visualize how it works. The length of the bell crank determines how much the target will rotate; it may take some experimenting on your part since the throw on different brands of switches may vary somewhat. IIRC it was 9" scale in HO.

Switch stands

Here is an earlier video I took on my layout; with the screen full-sized you can also see the bell-crank action:

Operating Switch stand - YouTube

John
__________________
Member: NMRA, OERM, Bear Valley Model Railroaders
Brass Hat: HO Scale Gulf & Pacific Railroad, Big Bear City CA

"Trains don't stop running after dark...."

My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/jostaiii?feature=mhum
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 06-29-2012, 02:14 PM
Mr. D.'s Avatar
Conductor
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 272
Quote:
Originally Posted by Josta View Post
Here is Wolfgang's video; that may help you visualize how it works. The length of the bell crank determines how much the target will rotate; it may take some experimenting on your part since the throw on different brands of switches may vary somewhat. IIRC it was 9" scale in HO.

Switch stands

Here is an earlier video I took on my layout; with the screen full-sized you can also see the bell-crank action:

Operating Switch stand - YouTube

John

Ok, I think I get it now I will experiment with this and see what I can work out. Thanks.
__________________
See my railfan photos and videos at the links below.
Mr. D's Railfan Page
Mr. D's Facebook Page
Mr. D's You Tube Channel
Mr. D's Model Railroad Blog
Reply With Quote
PLEASE REGISTER
If this is your first visit to The Whistle Post - Model Railroad Forum please take the time to register. Registration is required for you to post on the forums. Registration will also give you the ability to track messages of interest, send private messages to other users, and view the full contents of TheWhistlePost.com including the Photo Gallery, Video/Audio/Text Chat, Classified Ads, Photo Contests, Social Groups, and more! Registration is free and takes just a few seconds to complete. If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please read FAQ. Thanks for joining us! We look forward to chatting with you and seeing your layout!

Click here to join our community.

If you are already a registered member on the forums, please login above to gain full access to the site.
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 06-29-2012, 03:25 PM
Mr. D.'s Avatar
Conductor
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 272
Just ordered 3 stands.

Here is my current setup. I plan to put the stands on the back side of the throw.
__________________
See my railfan photos and videos at the links below.
Mr. D's Railfan Page
Mr. D's Facebook Page
Mr. D's You Tube Channel
Mr. D's Model Railroad Blog
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 06-29-2012, 03:56 PM
Josta's Avatar
Engineer
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Big Bear Lake, CA
Posts: 583
The DW 915 stands come two to a package, so you've probably got 6 coming.

Switch stands were usually mounted on the side of the diverging route, where you have your throw.

Let me know how it goes; shoot me a picture if you run into any problems.

John
__________________
Member: NMRA, OERM, Bear Valley Model Railroaders
Brass Hat: HO Scale Gulf & Pacific Railroad, Big Bear City CA

"Trains don't stop running after dark...."

My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/jostaiii?feature=mhum
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 06-29-2012, 03:59 PM
Mr. D.'s Avatar
Conductor
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 272
Quote:
Originally Posted by Josta View Post
The DW 915 stands come two to a package, so you've probably got 6 coming.

Let me know how it goes; shoot me a picture if you run into any problems.

John
Ah. well I ordered them from the hobby shop and the guy seems to work with me on stuff so maybe he will let me just buy 2 packs instead of all 3.

Thanks.
__________________
See my railfan photos and videos at the links below.
Mr. D's Railfan Page
Mr. D's Facebook Page
Mr. D's You Tube Channel
Mr. D's Model Railroad Blog
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Operating switch stands Josta The Craftsman's Bench 10 02-16-2012 07:08 AM
Atlas remote switch problem Bud N Scale 2 03-23-2010 06:54 AM
switch machine ? cowboydfk HO Scale 5 01-05-2010 09:47 PM
HO Switch Machines Paulanator HO Scale 3 10-14-2009 02:23 PM
problem with switch domiluk The Caboose 3 12-16-2008 06:44 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:18 AM.


vBulletin style developed by Transverse Styles

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0


X Static Development
Website is designed and maintained by X Static Development.com

Geo Visitors Map

Copyright 2006-2014, TheWhistlePost.com

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63