I have a 4x7.5' temporary layout on 2" foam. I am making two sidings isolated so that the kid's Lion Chief locomotives will stop beeping at them or running incessantly. I am struggling to find suitable switches to control these. I don't want to build an enclosure or even attach them to anything. I have the buttons from Lionel to operate the uncoupling tracks hanging by a short wire from a hole in the edge of the foam and they work great for intermittent power. I want something like these in on/off - even better with an indicator light. I am open to other (better?) ideas as well. Thanks for your help.
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Grainger has spring loaded Hold Down to Activate buttons. John
Susan, I will order a handful of those. They are perfect and highly affordable. Thank you.
They also offer a rubber boot cap that screws onto the top of the switch and will keep dirt and any possible spilled drink from getting into it. No PN, just 'rubber boot cap for PB-13'.
How do you figure that those pushbuttons are "hand held?"
They have threaded shafts and mounting nuts, and are intended to be mounted in a panel, just like hundreds of other similar devices.
From the catalog description: "Black body, actuator and panel nut."
The Lionel switches are clearly better, but also more expensive by an order of magnitude.
The All Electronics switches, while clearly intended to be mounted in a box, appear in the picture to feature a small plastic enclosure as well. The connections can be made safely under a shrink tube at the end of the little pigtail. There are no exposed metal tabs like most switches have.
As a side note, while I was working on this, I realized that I have some pieces of Fastrack from a starter set (the 10" power plug track and a 10" plug and play accessory track) with lights built into them that I could use to indicate whether a particular section of track was powered up. Extremely convenient alternative use for these parts!