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t able swi t ch machine you may want t o provid e s o m e sort of simulated m anual switch control t o match the a p pear ance of the sw itch stands that appear beside m ost of the full-size railroad's switches. All that is required is a duplicate of the switch stand stand i ng o n the two extended ties b eside the switch's points. You can fabricate your own from brass or plastic scraps t o match the sty le used b y the rail roads in y our area or t o m at c h one of t he two styles shown in the photos. Your local model railroad dealer should be able t o supply a K e mtron or Alexander-brand switch stand that is fully-detailed and ready to p ai n t and glue or spike in place besid e the tra c k . O n c e you've g o n e t o the trouble of p r o viding hidden remote control switch actuation y ou might just as well make your switches look as realistic as the real t h ing . . . .

17. The completed switch machine and linkage are barely visible beside the track switch. Once you are sure the unit is operating correctly manu ally you can connect the wires to pushbuttons on your con trol panel and to the 10 to 16 volt A . C. power supply terminals on your power pack. Small nails can be driven into the bottom side of the table to serve as soldering posts to connect the short wires you soldered to the switch ma chine to the wires leading to push buttons and po wer supply.

18. This PFM (Tenshodo) switch ma chine wa s installed exactly like the ConCor unit in the other pho tos. The edge of the track will be covered over with scenery later to completely hide the switch machine from n ormal view ing. It's best to have all of your switch machines in stalled and opera ting cor rectly before starting on the scenery that migh t make the switch machines harder to see and reach.
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