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Reply to "Another New Layout Build Thread :) ! -- Lift Section is Operational !!!"

@dennish posted:

Mark, there are 5 tracks crossing the lift section.

When you installed your linear actuator, what type of switch did you use?  Do you have a switch on either side of the lift, like a three-way light switch?  I am going to use two joysticks, one on the inside of the layout and on on the outside.  I didn't know if you had any advice on the best way to install switches for this.

Terry, for sure the hinges are above the rail level. Thanks for the advice!

Dennis

Dennis, I thought about two three way switches, but decided I only need one on-off or in this case, down-up switch.  My thinking was, when I am outside the center of the layout, the bridges will always be up until I walk through to the center.  Then I would throw the switch mounted on the inner operating area of the layout to lower the bridges.  The switch is easy reach to raise the bridges to get out.

That is how I did it.  Actually that would only make sense if there was no reason to operate a train from the short, narrow aisle as I enter the room, or if the door entering the room was right at the layout edge where the bridges are, like Mike G. has.  So, I have actually set myself up to lower the bridges by reaching under them if I want to stand in that aisle to operate trains.  I’ll see how it works out in normal operations and change to two switches if what I have doesn’t work out well.

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