Slip switch?

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by yellowlynn, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    I have a double switch (?), crossover switch (?), or slip switch, which it says on the back. Does anyone know anything about them?

    I can figure it out, but if I installed it, I would immediately forget about how to work it. Does it have any value? And is anyone interested?

    This should probably go in the sell or trade but I don't know enough about it.


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  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Lynn, double slip switches were used mostly in passenger yards where they had a lot of complicated track work. The slip switches took up a lot less space than conventional switches.
  3. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    I would buy it from you Lynn but its Code 100 track (black ties) :cry: and I only use Code 83 track (brown ties) :rolleyes:
  4. baldwinjl

    baldwinjl Member

  5. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Lynn: what you have is a single slip switch, as best I can see from the photos. You can only go around the left side of the crossing, while a doupble slip lets you go around both sides.
    Single slips were uncommon in North America, but very common in Britain. They had a phobia about facing point switches (ones that would be approached from the point end) in passenger operations. On double track lines, a station would have a small yard on one side of the line. On one side there would be a switch located so the goods (freight) train could back in. The other direction would be set up with a switch and a crossing to get to the yard. The crossing would usually be a single slip, set so that it made a trailing crossover but trains going forward couldn't be re-routed by it. (Long winded explanation with no diagrams!)
  6. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    single/double slip

    From what I understand now, this must be a double slip because it can curve right/left, or go straight thru from all directions.

    It is too complicated for me, If anyone knows any kind of value I will put it in sale/rtrade column.

    Thanks for the info


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