American Flyer turnout "Surgery"

Rayin"S" posted:

Hi Mark,

I wanted to resurrect this thread to find if I might get permission to post the PDF from David on another web sight.  This information is to good to keep to ourselves. I would post it in total along with the information on my modifications to the Gilbert throws. I will not do this without permission from you and or your friend.

Thanks

Ray 

Hi Ray, I think you will need to contact the author of the original article. His contact info is: 

DAVID AVEDESIAN ©♦ 5 BAUGHMAN COURT ♦ SILVER SPRING ♦ MARYLAND ♦ 20906 ♦ 301 929 9000

That info was found at the bottom of the original PDF page.

Here is some more contact info from that PDF:

David Avedesian

Silver Spring, MD Baltimore Area American Flyer Club

301 938 1811 cell

david.avedesian@comcast.net

 

Mark

Hi Mark,

I have contacted David and will await his reply. Thank you again for posting this procedure, I love the results, one of the best ideas on my layout.

Ray

"I agree!! I though I could not get anymore switches on my layout. I tried surgery on one and it turned out great. Now I need more switches......"

LOGCRUISER,

You mention that you need more switches in your post, I have a number of extra switches. Are you interested in doing the conversion using the original Gilbert motors or would you do the Tortoise conversion? I have quite an abundance of the older style Gilbert switches but I know that using their motors would not work very well.

Ray

I had mentioned earlier on this thread that I would post some photos. This is still a work in progress, 36 Gilbert switches now modified with most of them reinstalled. I still need to do repair of the scenery but finally done with switch mods. All of these switches have the Gilbert motors mounted to them. I now have room on the layout for roadway in front of the backdrop and the closer spacing of track at the turnout makes for better visual effect. I also now have space for the depot and terminal that other club members suggested I needed seeing that I love the stream-liners. All in all I am very happy with the results and want to thank Dave, Mark and Tom for your input on this project.

Ray

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Ray those pics are fantastic.  I especially like the yard ladder shot showing all the Gilbert switches without the bulky lantern housings...

 that's what a yard should look like.

The real estate you reclaimed for scenic alterations is impressive. How many turnouts in total did you modify? Having done mine (without the inclusion of the Gilbert solenoids below the turnouts like your's) I can only imagine how much work this project was for you. Bet you had fun along the way too!

Nice work.

Mark

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Thank you Mark & Tom,

Yes it was a good deal of work to get them modified but it was/is rewarding the way the layouts appearance has improved plus the space it freed up. As I stated most are reinstalled, the switches on the back side of the layout are on the grade and upper level of the layout and a little more difficult to fit and rewire. Once the track work is completed I will repair the scenery and then move on to add to the scenic effect. I want to get the track work completed though so we might be able to have a play trains/operating session with some of the club members.

Ray

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