I do not use any powered turnouts (points) on my layouts. This can cause problems with access to a ground throw switch stand. To get around this predicament I instal plastic pipe from the turnout, under tracks and other obstructions, then to the edge of the layout. A stiff wire is bent to engage the turnout throw bar at one end. Insert the wire into the pipe then the turnout. Next, bend the wire to engage the ground throw switch stand at the other end. Set the points in a half way open position. Set the ground throw with the handle straight up. Now, temporarily fix all the components in place. Once the ideal position for proper control is found, fix all components in place permanently. Larry
PS, the ground throw in this picture should have it's handle in a straight up position.
Also note, the handle of the ground throw is painted green, the other side is painted red. This is a visual indication of the direction the turnout is thrown. Green for main line, red for side track.
Yep, neat idea. Similar to "knob & rod" switch control which I have used many times. If you needed electrical control of the frog, etc., then a small DPDT switch could be attached to the rod to switch polarity when changing the points. All very simple & user friendly (no expensive doo dads or manuals to read).
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Having been in this hobby of model railroading since December 1956, I have learned many things the hard way. Like this one: where to lay your small tools so you can find them. This is one solution I use on my layouts, you may know of others.
PS note the ground throw connected under the track (left center).
Jose, there is more than space to be considered. When the nearest track has cars on it the throw would be blocked by the cars. Then it would be a pain in the butt to operate the throw. The space between tracks can be used for other things with the throw out of the way. The less often you have to reach into the layout, the less likely you are to damage things.
Last edited on Sun Oct 23rd, 2016 10:18 pm by Larry G