Signal Light Question

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by willist, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. willist

    willist New Member

    My current layout uses Peco insulfrog turnouts which I throw manually [no switch motors or powered ground throws]. Is there some way to install some red/green signal lights that are activated when I throw the trunout?
  2. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Hi Willis,
    I recently saw a good picture of a small slide switch connected by a
    piece of stiff wire to the throwbar and concealed in the foam or scenery.
    When you slide the switch in or out, it also throws the turnout. I think
    there was a non-operating target sticking out of the top of the switch, also!! :thumb:

    If I run across the pic, I'll post a link. I'm sure there are other ways to link
    some kind of switch to the turnout, too. :) :)
  3. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Willist: there are a couple of ways to do it. You can install a microswitch operated by the throw rod of the turnout -- this does sit on top of the layout and looks funny. You can wire the lights to the tracks beyond the frog -- this means you need to put gaps in after that and the lights will vary in brightness with track voltage. If you were using switch machines you can add switches to those.

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