Peco turnout springs - N scale

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by brucemac11, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. brucemac11

    brucemac11 New Member

    I'm looking at a pile of Peco turnouts sitting next to an equal number of Tortise switch machines. After looking at the turnouts, my inclination is to remove the spring from the underside; however there's a plastic cover over the spring that appears to be glued. Cut it out and remove the spring? I really don't want to butcher many turnouts, given what they cost. Thanks for the help. Bruce
  2. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    It's been while since I looked at an N scale Peco turnout but isn't there a moveable part above the spring between the points that adjusts the spring tension? Seems to me I remember moving it away from the frog to release the spring tension.
  3. brucemac11

    brucemac11 New Member

    Yep, there is a piece between the points. I thought it might be there to maintain gauge. I did manage to remove one spring from the bottom. I cut the plastic cover over the throw bar and took out the spring. In doing that the ties on the point side loosened a little but I don't think it's affecting the gauge. I hope not. Was this the "proper" side on which to operate? Don't know, but maybe someone will shed some light. I can't put it back.
  4. brucemac11

    brucemac11 New Member

    Problem solved. The sacrificial turnout must have been an ancient piece because the new Pecos I bought have an easily removed piece between the points. Take that off and there's the spring just itching to be removed - piece of cake. Bruce
  5. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Wear safety glasses!
  6. Pete

    Pete Member

    Then sell the springs on eBay :D

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