Tagged With "Ross"

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Prewar American Flyer and Ross Track and switches

Tony H ·
I have my Dad's prewar American Flyer O Gauge 9900 Zephyr and just built a new layout with Ross track and Ross switches. It can't go through the switches and even the track is rough with the depth of the wheel flanges and the lack of space between the top of the track and the ties. It is the heavier cast aluminum Zephry. I don't have a loop of track that does not have at least one switch. I guess I have two options, don't run it, just display it, which I don't want to do, or replace the...
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WTB - Ross O80 or O84 Curves and Straights

dennish ·
LAYOUT EXPANSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looking for a circle of Ross O80 or O84 track and up to 15 of the 29" straights. If anybody can help, my email is dheban@roadrunner.com Thanks, Dennis
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WTB Ross Switch #150 curved RH O54/O31

Kirk R ·
I'm looking for a used Ross switch, #150 curved RH O54/O31 switch, preferably with switch motor. I'm looking for second hand rather than new as it's not a priority area and will be low speed. Email address in profile. Kirk R
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WTB Ross curved switches

Steve Parham ·
Need several Ross curved switches. One curve must be 72 or larger, left and right.Prefer Z 1000 motors. Also need Z 1000 switch motors.
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Large turntable

Steve Parham ·
looking to buy a large Ross or Millhouse or similar turntable.
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Electric spark

C&Osteam ·
Being fairly new to this, I don’t wish to make any assumptions. I noticed a few sparks at a switch while rolling stock was crossing behind my Steam Switcher. The train did not fault. I am running Ross track and switches. The switches near the spark are not yet wired. The rolling stock did not have center rollers. Thank you in advance.
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Non derailing ROSS wiring/DCS

Tom McGriel ·
Can one ground the derail control rails on the same rail that carries the DCS common throughout when the switch machines are powered by a ZW and the entire layout is powered by a Z 4000? The Switch motors are Z 1000; track is Gargraves and the turnouts are Ross.
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RR-Track & Ross curved turnouts help?

MI-Marc ·
Does anyone know the actual measured radius (diameter) for Ross #6 curved RH and LH turnouts? I am drawing in RR-Track on my new layout plan and I noticed that the inside radius in RR-Track for Ross #6 curved RH and LH turnouts is O-66 (33" radius), not O-72 as indicated by RCS (Ross Custom Switches). Either RR-Track or RCS is incorrect. I would like to have a minimum O-72 (36" radius) curve maintained throughout my layout, so I need to know where the error lies. Before I dedicate more...
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Ross Switches

ckono ·
New never used Ross Switches--#150RH 054/031, #115RH 054, #120 064RH, #154 042 wye, $55 each, plus shipping or $200, plus shipping for all four. Thanks, Chad konox001@umn.edu
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Help with new Layout questions form a Newbie

Todd Poole ·
Hi and thank you for your help with the following questions.. I am looking to do something on a high rail layout with Ross switches and gargraves track. My min radius is 054 hopefully. I plan on going with Tmcc.. So a couple questions... The larger to scale ross switches are labeled #4, #6 ect. They look like angled switches, without radius curves? Am I right? Also what type of ross do folks like the Premier of the other style? Pros, Cons... I'm also planning to put a good number of track...
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mth ross switches and mth aiu ?

mike royer ·
any one live near Ephrata,pa. I need help to wire up ross switches for non derailing and to my aiu. will pay for help.
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Switches needed for yard servicing 072 minimum radius trains

Geo2000 ·
I have a 35 x 10 layout with minimal options for expansion. With 3 main lines consisting of 080, 072, and 045 radius track the space is mostly used up. I would like to squeeze a yard into south side of the yard to provide a few options for running different train without removing them from the track. I am getting ready to buy all the track and switches so that I can layout the design on the floor while I continue to build benchwork. I was hoping to set a little advice on how to squeeze in a...
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Kadee body mount couplers & #4 turnout question

MI-Marc ·
Does anyone using Kadee body mount couplers on rolling stock have problems using #4 turnouts as crossovers or in yards? I am working on my 3-rail layout plans with RR-Track to use only Ross turnouts. I am planning to use Ross #4 crossovers (RCS model #175) on the mainline and Ross #4 turnouts (RCS model #200 & #201) in the yards, which will create my only "S" curves. I will use some Ross O72 turnouts, but not as "S" curves. My minimum radius is 36" (O72). Ultimately, I would like to...
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Looking for USED ROSS 080,084,or 088 for new layout

kennyb ·
Hello, I am back at it again, and need some wider radius track to run some of my bigger engines and passenger sets on. I don't care what the box says,those Big Boys and other so called "072" engines NEED more room than 072 to be able to open em up and run the daylights out of them!!!!! If anyone has a full circle of USED ROSS 080',084' or 088 please respond to my e-mail in my profile and let's work out a deal. I am basically a loop runner,or a looper,that's why I need a full circle. Track...
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MTH K4 engine derailing on Ross switch

Dale K ·
I just bought a new MTH Railking K4 steam engine (30-1743-1), and discovered that it derails on my nearly-new Ross 042 switches - even at very slow speeds (3-5 mph). It runs great everywhere else. What happens is the pilot truck makes it past the switch frog ok, but the lead driver climbs over the frog. I have run 3 other engines over these switches with no issues. The new K4 is rated for 031 curves, so I don't think the radius shouldn't be the problem. Any ideas what might be causing this...
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Re: DCS problem with 027 switch #5122

ADCX Rob ·
Run center rail jumper wires around the switch, to all three "legs" - that's about all you can do. If that fixes the problem, the center rail solder joints have broken or gone cold inside, a permanent fix requiring drilling out rivets to disassemble/remove the bottom plate.
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Re: DCS problem with 027 switch #5122

paul4653 ·
Thank you ADCX Rob . I will try your suggestion.
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Re: Ross 11 degree switch vs O-72 curve limitations for large engines

AGHRMatt ·
We've had them on the club layout for years. They'll handle large rigid-frame engines just fine. Even my Big Boy and Blue Goose Hudson with scale wheels navigates them just fine.
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Re: Ross 11 degree switch vs O-72 curve limitations for large engines

John C. ·
My main line turnouts are all the 100s...50 radius...the bigger engines look much better and operate more smoothly, but will make a 72. Go 100s main line if you can.
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Re: Ross Double Slips with DZ2500 Sw machines.

MED ·
Still need some help with this? I have on of these DS on my layout, but have not wired for derailing yet. As normal, you need insulated rail sections, so the the DS, you need 4 isolated rail sections, one for each "arm" of the DS. I have added in red the area where you need the 4 isolated rail sections in the DS diagram from Ross. To each isolated rail section, you need to solder a wire that will reach either of the two DZ2500 switch machines of the DS. I don't have power to my DS at the...
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Re: Ross RTM 125M outside rails connections?

Susan Deats ·
Ross Ready switches have outside rails wired together. This may help.
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Re: Ross RTM 125M outside rails connections?

rrman ·
Susan, thanks for info. Back to drawing board!
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Re: Gargraves / Ross Custm Switches - Never Used!

Barry Broskowitz ·
E-mail sent.
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Re: Gargraves / Ross Custm Switches - Never Used!

Basil ·
Email sent.
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Re: Gargraves / Ross Custm Switches - Never Used!

jhz563 ·
Email sent on the bumpers if still available. John Z
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Re: Gargraves / Ross Custm Switches - Never Used!

zack slater ·
The entire lot has sold! Thank you!
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Re: Ross 11 degree switch vs O-72 curve limitations for large engines

chester7 ·
This is copied from the Ross web site if this helps. The #100 #101 are 11* eh From Ross web site:: Can my 072 engines run through a Regular switch? Yes, with ease. The Regular (#100 and #101) is much more gradual than an 072. If you had to put a number on the curve in the regular it would be over 100" diameter.
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Re: Ross 11 degree switch vs O-72 curve limitations for large engines

Boilermaker1 ·
You shouldn't have any issues with the Ross regulars and anything. We test everything for our modular club with all the problematic pieces... 4-12-2, C&O turbines, auto racks, etc.... never had anything not be able to handle a ross regular. Like the website says, the radius is over 100", and it's only 11.25 degrees, as opposed to 22.5 degrees of divergence in an o72
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Re: Ross 11 degree switch vs O-72 curve limitations for large engines

tr18 ·
Any locomotive that will go through an 072 will definitely go through a Ross11 degree switch. The 11 degree switch diverging route is significantly "less sharp" than a 072. In fact it, like all # switches, it has a diverging route that is straight, not curved.
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Re: Ross 11 degree switch vs O-72 curve limitations for large engines

CAPPilot ·
Tom, Based on past posts here on the forum, a Ross 11 degree (or Regular) switch has points equivalent to about O-100 and a Ross #4 (14 degree) is equivalent to about O-72. On an earlier layout of mine, I had #4s in a crossover and all my big scale duplex engines, except my PRR T1, had no problems going forward or reverse through the crossover. The T1's tender would derail when backing through the #4 crossover, but had no problems with a single #4. A Regular switch, having a more gradual...
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Re: Is it possible to have an O gauge micro layout and run Lionel 86' boxcars?...YES!

Tom Tee ·
Nice shelf on which to display trains. A display shelf with a theme. Cute.
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Re: Signal Bridge with Ross SG Switch

Joe Lyons ·
Arno, Really cool. Joe
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Re: Signal Bridge with Ross SG Switch

Former Member ·
Now that's one of the neatest things I've seen. That came out really well. I use a lot of block signals as indicator lights for switches, but never thought of using a signal bridge. I love the way that looks and works, slick as can be. d
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Re: Signal Bridge with Ross SG Switch

Rob Shaubach ·
Looking good, Professor Arno!
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Re: Signal Bridge with Ross SG Switch

Steve "Papa" Eastman ·
Very nice Arno. Good to see you playing. Steve
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Re: Signal Bridge with Ross SG Switch

BlueComet400 ·
Well-done, Arno!! Glad to see you have trains rolling in your new home. John
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Re: Signal Bridge with Ross SG Switch

moderneraSG ·
Thanks guys for all the positive comments. ARNO
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Re: Signal Bridge with Ross SG Switch

RoyBoy ·
Can we see a better picture of those brown cars, please? They look like they were made from Marx M 10,005 cars.
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Re: Signal Bridge with Ross SG Switch

moderneraSG ·
I'm sorry for the delay RoyBoy, it took me a couple days to get down to the train room. I am pretty certain the brown cars were not made from the Marx cars. First off, they are Standard Gauge and that pretty much says enough for me. The cars are neatly done homemade cars. Whoever made them did a nice job with them. They made two different versions, one with a conventional roof and the other with a sleek rounded roof. They all share the same basic construction and materials with small changes...
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Re: Signal Bridge with Ross SG Switch

Joe Lyons ·
Arno, Very neat. I am constantly amazed at how you continually find ems like these. Joe
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Re: Signal Bridge with Ross SG Switch

Former Member ·
Those are great. Love that they are a "matching" set but that whoever made them was happy varying the details so that they are not identical. From a handmade perspective, that rolled roof is a tough detail. 10 of them... wow... I'll bet that if he was making them all identical he would have lost interest around #4. 1943... wartime, and there were no toy trains for sale anywhere. This guy found some used sheet metal and did a great job. Thanks Arno!
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Re: Signal Bridge with Ross SG Switch

navy.seal ·
Arno, I really like the operating signal bridge. As you know I own a homemade signal bridge for which I purchased four sets of the circular light fixture parts from MTH to make it operational. I now need to add those parts and wiring to the signal bridge below. Any recommendations? For those without neat signal bridges like yours, I should note that LGB does make the operational lighted turnout lantern below that can be attached directly to the LGB switch motor on a Ross Standard Gauge...
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Re: RR-Track & Ross curved turnouts help?

AGHRMatt ·
The RR-Track #8 curved turnout seems correct as to the curve size (O-120/O-96), but neither is a standard arc -- i.e., 22.5 degrees. You have to make up the difference with a curve of appropriate diameter and arc. My recollection is that the #6 (O-96/O-72) is correct with a similar issue of the arc sizes, but not having access to one I can't tell you for sure. In either case, though, you need to make sure the turnout is mounted without any twists -- i.e. the whole turnout and lead-in tracks...
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Re: RR-Track & Ross curved turnouts help?

tr18 ·
I just placed a 072 sectional curve on top of the 072 leg of the #6 switch. To my eye they match perfectly. Can you post a diagram of what you are trying to do?
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Re: RR-Track & Ross curved turnouts help?

MI-Marc ·
Thank you for the replies! I noticed the issue when I changed some O-72 curves to the #6 curved turnout and noticed the RR-Track drawn turnout was not the same radius. Here is a clip of one of my yard entrances. (Please forgive the drawing which is a work in progress.) After adding the turnouts, I noticed the turnouts changed the track geometry from the original O-72 curves. I want to make sure everything will fit in the space. Then I measured the inside branch in RR-Track and realized the...
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Re: RR-Track & Ross curved turnouts help?

Greg Houser ·
How about give them a call or shoot off an email to them? I'm sure they'll provide you with the information you need. They have an excellent reputation for customer service. -Greg
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Re: RR-Track & Ross curved turnouts help?

tr18 ·
Marc The inside leg is 072 but not the entire switch. The first 1-2 inches is actually 096
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Re: RR-Track & Ross curved turnouts help?

tr18 ·
Marc To illustrate Matt's earlier point, the arc's are different on the two legs so you need a small piece to make up the difference. In your case it looks like 096 pieces.
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Re: RR-Track & Ross curved turnouts help?

MI-Marc ·
I was just at York last week and must comment that Steve Brenneisen and all his RCS staff are FANTASTIC! They are extremely patient with me and all my questions. I have been buying track & switches from them, (still in boxes) getting ready for my layout of the future. I have not loaded up on curved turnouts, yet. I even have Steve's new 33" turntable ready to go in my basement. I did not want to bug them again with all my questions, so I thought I would post my question on this forum.
 
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