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 Posted: Fri Nov 1st, 2019 06:29 am
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Tom,

The switch stands are easy to do. 
Just follow Woodie's directions. 

They turn out great and are very robust.

If I can do it, I figure anybody can.




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Thanks guys,
I started out by wanting to build models of the EBT stands,
but all the little "details" caused me to think... do I want nice detailed switchstands,
or do I want stands that I could build in a reasonable amount of time and still look OK.
I know that I have seen photos of ones that look like mine SOMEWHERE,
maybe I will come across a picture when I am looking for something else.

The ones that I built for using knob & rod operation have very free movement,
the ones that directly control the switches have "binds" to keep the rails in place.
Also, I decided to not have a target on the ones operated by hand,
because the targets (thin brass) tended to "hurt my widdle fingers"...Oh well.
 
One little detail I just thought about would be to have a target with bullet holes...
after all, the guys down along the border like to shoot things!




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Well, well...alert buddy Dave Cox spotted a photo in Lucius Beebe's "HIGHBALL" book,
a photo by Beebe's friend Charles Clegg (they both authored many RR books years ago)
of the yards of the East Broad Top at Orbisonia, PA.
The switchstand some feet away looks like the ones I am making, connected to a 3 way switch.
However, the closer one sets a "standard" 2 way and looks like it was "made for the job".
Now it appears that I will need to make the ones I still need like this one.
Nope, I ain't gonna take up what I have already built but will continue on with the "new design". 
I wish Dave wouldn't look at these old books and find these things...but I am glad he did!




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After I thought about it, making this new "half-harp" switchstand only took about 15 minutes to build.
Just 3 parts, all made from trusty old code 100 rail and a bit of solder.
I just ground down the rail base on both sides of the rail, bent it (like before),
and then cut a slot in the top for the throw lever.
The lever & pivot piece were also made from the same piece of rail, ground down further to make a "flat" piece of stock.
The pivot piece was cut to size and the lever cut to length,
and #72 holes (like all the others) were drilled and the pivot piece was soldered on,
and the lever was pinned by a regular old straight pin, cut down and soldered also.
It took me just a bit longer to do all this as it has to compose this post.
The stand will be epoxied down and spiked to the switch ties and the throw bar will be epoxied to the switch bridle.
This stand is located in a place behind the Gila Tram office, really close to the main line, space is tight there.
From now on, all the stands will be made like this, well maybe another one or so like before.
It depends on how much fun I want to have bending, grinding, and soldering.
Oh, and all the stands have been chemically blackened so no paint to wear off or muck up the "action".
I do intend to put a "target" on the lever.  Some fun, huh?




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Well, I guess that the photo of the switchstands in the EBT yard taken by Charles Clegg and shown in Lucius Beebe's HIGHBALL book didn't pass "muster" even though I gave it proper credit. The brain police are at work again. You will just have to imagine the photo and all others from now on. My hands have been slapped, sorry that I posted that photo. No more will be posted, probably even mine.
*** the EBT photo has been excised from my photo gallery also. That's it, brother!***

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Copyright photos from books cannot be posted here on Freerails

The guidelines on this could not be more straightforward


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You can do what ever you are happy with


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 Posted: Mon Nov 4th, 2019 03:09 am
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Woodie,

I am really enjoying seeing your harp switch stands that you put on your layout - lookin' good!


Here is a photo of one of the "half-harp" switchstands,
also on the south end of the East Broad Top Orbisonia yard, and not too far away from the 3-way harp.

I also posted the photo of the three-way here, too.











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 Posted: Thu Nov 7th, 2019 02:23 pm
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Well, you sure told me off. I will attempt to get all my "work" copyrighted and then we shall see.
By the way, what about the other photos which are "verboten"?
I am sure this post will be deleted since Freerails has become a "draconian" thing.

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Long live the Mogollon Railway!







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Wow Duane...I loved that old coach!
As I marimba, I built her from a Grandt Line O scale "steam dummy" kit for their (or Bachmann's) little Porters.
Glad to see her again.





Here's another oldie. Daniel Caso sent me this laser kit for a combine, I believe it's the only one he ran.
I occasionally run her when the Gila Tram has an "overflow crowd".
Shown here with (I believe) Shay #4 out on the Mogollon hi-line.

              Woodie




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