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Should I use a Wye or Switch

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February 2, 2013 9:14 AM

This bridge I'm building to connect my double helix, it's the only place that I could have a siding.  I have about 7 inches in width to work with.  My local LHS doesn't have any wye's in stock for me to measure.  I'm thinking that a switch would be to wide.

 

Is there a wye made for Lionel tube track,   I've searched the bay but don't see any available.

 

Thanks for any suggestions.

 

Doug

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February 2, 2013 9:41 AM

Doug, try Ross Custom Switches, they have just about anything you may need.

 

Jack

 

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February 2, 2013 10:44 AM

Hi Doug:

 

Have you posted pictures of your layout, especially the helix, in another thread? If not would you mind taking a few to share when you get the time? Is the curve on the helix 054?

 

I also use tubular track and enjoy the look.

 

All the best,

 

Paul

 

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February 2, 2013 11:59 AM

Paul,

I have construction pictures in my Blog in the J&C Studios Archive.  Just click on "My Blog"  in my last post above,  then go to "Double Helix Construction pictures.  I'm using 054 tube track for the down side and 0 60 Fast track for the up loops.

 

Hope you enjoy the pictures,

 

Doug

 

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February 2, 2013 1:55 PM

Boomer, I would go with the switch.  Coming off the legs of the wye you may be creating an ess curve that you might regret later.

 

Rick

 
 
 
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February 2, 2013 2:43 PM

Looks like you have space for O72 switches, that would be my choice.

 

 
 
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February 2, 2013 5:52 PM

You bet, looks good for 072 switch.

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February 2, 2013 7:47 PM

Thanks for your advice everyone,  guess I'll start shopping for a couple 0-72 switches.

 

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February 2, 2013 7:53 PM

Boomer

 

That looks like a place where traditional tinplate switches like an O-54 or O-72 are not good choices.  They take up too much width and create abrupt S curves.

 

It does look like a good place for a Ross #4 tinplate switch.  Numbered switches are only curved between the points and the frog and have a straight angle on the departing route from the frog on.  That allows for closer parallel tracks and provides a straight segment between reverse curves.

 
 
 
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February 2, 2013 8:11 PM

Just a thought, but could you use a 072/054 curve switch?

 

 

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February 2, 2013 9:17 PM

Ted,  That's a good suggestion, I just looked at the #4 switch and have sent an e- mail off to Ross with some questions.

 

Thanks,    Doug

 

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February 2, 2013 9:49 PM

Originally Posted by Ted Hikel:

Boomer

 

That looks like a place where traditional tinplate switches like an O-54 or O-72 are not good choices.  They take up too much width and create abrupt S curves.

 

It does look like a good place for a Ross #4 tinplate switch ... allows for closer parallel tracks and provides a straight segment between reverse curves.

Those Ross tinplate switches definitely look better from a geometric standpoint for closer parallel tracks, although they are spendy at $120 each. I once cut down an O22 switch (O31 curve) to make closer parallel tracks. I might do the same with an O72 switch someday. A standard O72 switch and curve gives 5.5" spacing for parallel track.
 

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