I am happy to report that the number of installed Tortoise switch machines has reached 13! Today, I completed 3 more installations - Nos. 17, 18, and 19. There is still a ton of electrical bus work to be done, but this is real progress. This first photo shows (front to rear) Switch Nos. 17, 18, and 19. In the distance is the PRR B70 baggage car I used to test side clearance into the Staging Area (it passed!).
Here is a close-up of the track pins and GarGraves pigtails used for feeder connection 7.11 (the eleventh feeder pair in power district #7).
This shows Switch No. 17 in place. The hole for the Tortoise throw wire is situated between the long ties on the left (inboard) side of the turnout. Blue painter's tape holds the points in between diverging and straight for the Tortoise's installation.
This photo shows the 5/8" hole in the bench work beneath the throw arm.
This is the view northwest of Switch No. 17. The Tortoise's wire can be clearly seen in the foreground, protruding up through the throw arm. It and all the other wires will be trimmed later.
This was a good day's work despite being interrupted by today's 3 mile walk. Below is Mr. Blue Herron, looking non-too-happy that Cranberry Township park workers mowed the area around his pond. See? He doesn't just live on the layout.
More when I know it.