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Pictured below is a reversing unit I removed and took apart from a 260E that I am trying to raise from the junk and rust pile.  It was easy to  remove and disassemble and looks in pretty good shape.  The coil works and the contacts look OK.  Why is it called a  "pendulum" and how does it work.  Does it have a neutral position?  I need an education on it! 

As to the 260E, my wife of 58 years, Jerrie, passed away in November after a 12 year battle with cancer.  She was my biggest fan and supporter of my train collection hobby.  I have officially founded the "Jerrieville Railroad" and the 260E will be the first "Jerrieville Railroad" locomotive, painted fire engine red pulling  (2) 710 and a 712 in matching fire engine red.  As the restoration begins to happen, I will post pictures in Chris Lonero's weekend tinplate thread.

Thanks for any info on how the pendulum unit works.

Jim Lawson


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The bare metal lever makes contact with a finger and powers the one side of the coil. The lock out lever prevents it from flopping up and making contact. The coil has a pin that moves up and down. It moves the contact set side to side. Its fingers wipe on the contact board with the small studs and nuts on it. As the coil pin rises it pushes up on the one side of the contact swivel and moves the contact plate in one direction. This set it up for the next round of activity. The coil pin moves up and moves the contact plate in the other direction, setting up the next move. You will see on the non-contact side there is a split piece. The coil pin moves one side up and it swings the whole contact plate aligning the other side up with the coil pin. There is no neutral, its forward or backward.


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