New Kid on the Block

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by kemet, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. kemet

    kemet New Member

    Benchwork and switch machine
    Recently retired...wife says I need a here I am.
    do to my weight limits I am planning on building my benchwork out of 1X3 and the
    layout base out of 2"Extruded Foam panels. I am using Tru-Scale plain roadbed and
    Peco Code 83 Streamline Turnouts with Atlas Code 83 Flextrack using DC power supplies.
    My question this how do I attach the Tortois Switch machines to the underside of the foam
    panels and will the trip pins be long enough.
    This is probably the first of many questions I will have in the future.
    So far after reading the many forum questions learn quite a lot so far..
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    Welcome to The Gauge, and to the hobby...! :D

    There are a couple of approaches to the Tortoise machines -

    1) Carve a (tight fitting) hole in the foam and slide the machine in to underneath the roadbed. This approach was used by a guy at the local module club. As far as I know, he has had no problems with them shifting or coming unstuck - the modules are transported, and unpakced/packed every 4 to 6 weeks or so.

    2) Glue a square of 1/4" ply to the bottom of the foam, and extend the throw wire through the foam. You will need to cut a sizable slot through the foam for the wire to move freely. If this is your chosen approach, I would suggest increasing the depth of your framing, or at least the facia, to hide/protect the Tortoise.

  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Welcome to the Gauge.

    If you glue luan doorskin to the bottom of the foam sheets, you won't add much weight, but you will then have some wood to use for fastening switch machines to the underside of the layout. You can use either Elmers white glue or the yellow carpenter's glue to laminate the door skin to the foam.
  4. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I'm thinking a lot of folks will be envious of your situation! :)

    Welcome to The Gauge!
  5. kemet

    kemet New Member


    Thanks I never even thought about the idea of damaging the machine with such
    a shallow frame.... I'm just in the planning stage now I just purchased one Tortoise
    Machine and Peco Turnout plus a piece of foam and I am going to practice your
    Thanks again
  6. kemet

    kemet New Member

    Thanks Russ we will also try this approach..Gosh I'm getting all sorts of great ideas
    from all of you Thanks to all
  7. kemet

    kemet New Member

    Hope I am answering correctly since I've never been in a forum before.

    Penn Central eh I a New York Central Fan
  8. hooknlad

    hooknlad Member

    Welcome to THE G AUGE kemet!!!!

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