Fall 1971 - Page 28
9. & 1 0. Solder one-foot lengths of #18 or #20 gauge insulated solid copper wire to the three power connections on the switch machine's solenoid coil and then to the contact points before installing the machine - you could connect these wires after the machine is in place but it's far easier to work on the benchtop than to try to solder under the tabletop.
e lectrical contact s . If you are using Lambert's scale rail plastic track or hand spiking rail to individual ties we would recommend using one of the ConCor, La mbert , TruScale, Balboa, Walthers, or PFM switch machines for remote control switch o p eration. Any o f the six brands of quality switch machines can be mounted on top of the table beside the switch or, as shown in the photos, under the table a nd out of sigh t . O n e of the better reasons for using t hese switch machines in the first place is to be able to have the switch control hidden rather t han sitting up b eside each switch to mar the realism of your mi niature railro a d . The problem is, though, that none of t hese swtch machines are furnished with the type of linkage you need to reach under the table. Most have a hairpin s pring to transfer the power from the switch rna chine's lever to whatever linkage you can buy o r devise - the hairpin spring will work j ust fine if the switch machine is mounted o n the tab letop beside t h e track switch. Both Earl Eshleman and Kemtron have a type of link like that shown in the photos a nd most well-stocked model railroad shops carry one or bot h brands. You can obtain the Eshle man unit by mail