tortoise machine and hand made turnouts??

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by DWP, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. DWP

    DWP Member

    I have been building my own turnouts using code 70 rail. N gauge.
    I'm having problems getting the tortoise to move the points all the way.
    I'm using the wire that came with the switch. I tried adjusting the slide on the machine up and down.
    The hole on the throw bar was lined up on center with the switch machine.
    The template was a #6 copied from the fasttracks website. I even notch
    the side of the points to try and get a little more flex in the rails.
    any ideas?
  2. Roger Hensley

    Roger Hensley Member

    Don't remember the size, but I went to a larger size piano (music) wire and solved a similar problem.
  3. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Ditto what Roger said. Just try the next larger wire size. The size you need is actually determined by the resistance of the points. But no problem using larger wire. Just drill holes in the black throw and the green slide to match the wire. Keep increasing size till it works.

  4. DWP

    DWP Member

    I have to go to the local hobby shop tomorrow and get some.
  5. CalFlash

    CalFlash Member

    How thick is your combined roadbed/subroadbed? If it's much thicker than 1" total, you'll definitely want thicker wire. Are you hinging the point rails or "bending" them? The latter means a fairly stiff mechanism requiring more strength (thicker wire).
  6. DWP

    DWP Member

    I.m "bending" them. Not sure how to hinge them.
    The Tortoise machine is mounted about 1/4 below the Track.
    I.m using micro engeering code 70 rail. The track is for HOn30, "n Gauge spects". I'm hoping to use Stub turnouts also. I.ll pick up an assortment of wire tonight. Thanks for the help.
  7. CalFlash

    CalFlash Member

    Problem is that the shorter you make something, the stiffer it seems. HO turnouts in code 70 wouldn't be a problem but in smaller scales go with the larger wire for the Tortoise. Try about .032 music wire.

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