liftout section building

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by ajroland, Sep 5, 2005.

  1. ajroland

    ajroland Member

    Can someone direct me to some how to drawings of a lift out section in benchwork? I want to put a lift out section in my bench work, I am having trouble finding pictures or drawings of how to make one.
  2. XavierJ123

    XavierJ123 Member

    There's a neat picture of a lift out section of buildings in the book Model Railroading with John Allen. Also a lift out mountains in Scenery for model railroads. Some of these pictures will appear in other model railroad books and magazines. I don't think they tell you exactly how to do it as you could accomplish the same thing with your own modifications.
  3. ajroland

    ajroland Member

    Thanks for the information

    thanks, for the information, I'll check it out.
  4. seanm

    seanm Member

  5. ajroland

    ajroland Member

    Thanks for the photos. It looks like you have it designed so that when it is in the out position the track goes dead? I have played around today with the liftout section and I believe I'm going to use some shelf pins to locate the section in the same position everytime. Now for the wiring. I don't won't any mistaken crashes.
  6. seanm

    seanm Member

    Good idea about the pins.... Yes, if the shelf is out of place, the track about 1 foot on either side is also dead. Hopefully it will save a few trains.
  7. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    You might want some spring loaded off switches at each end of any gate to shut off adjoining sections of the layout anytime the lift out section is lifted out.
  8. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I powered my removable section through a pair of phone plugs on very short leads. In order to remove it, both plugs have to come out. As well, the outer rail is supplied from one end and the inner rail from the other end, and a length of track beyond the liftout. If either plug is removed, the section at the other end goes dead.
  9. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I was thinking of something like the switches in car doors that turn on the dome lights when the door is opened. The switch that I'm talking about should work opposite the way car door switches work.
  10. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    You're talking about a normally-open spring-loaded plunger switch. Even a Micro-switch would work. Larger ones are rated at about 3 amps. Some have levers on them to make contact easier.

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