It is very interesting to read different comments that people have about Blue
Points and hooking them up. I have to wounder if I am getting the info out
about the "Flex Link System" we sell for hooking up and controlling
the Blue Pt. Please go to our web-site www.newrailmodels.com and check out the
hook-up hardware we offer,and also the complete "How to install"
info. We also sell all the seperate components seperatly so guys can come up
with any variation that they want. We also sell heavy gauge (.040 dia.) control
wire to replace our standard control wire (.032) for Peco machines to over come
the spring built into the machines so you can throw the switches with the Blue
Pt. without taking the spring out of the Peco switch.
I have installed over 70 Blue points on my layout and have not had a congestion
problem yet. The machines are very versitle in how they hook-up. I would also
highly recommend making or buying from us "The Drill Template". What
this template does is keeps the relationship of the hole thru the layout and
the mounting holes for the Blue Pt. consistent, time after time, which is very
important. This is what gives you equal tension on the points from side to
side.This same concept can be used for mounting the Tortise and achieve the
I will be putting up more pics of installation variations on the site. Also a
complete "How to install" Blue Pt. if you already have your swithes
glued down or want to replace existing switch machines or groung throws.
Feel free to ask as many questions as needed and I will try to answer them thru
the group, web-site and with pics. Also thanks to Bob for letting me join the
group. I will be trying to get pics of my layout up and looking forward to
exchanging ideas and getting input from the group.
Joe DElia, Jr.
- In Model_Railroads_Of_Southern_California@yahoogroups.com,
William Uffelman <ufffam@...> wrote:
> Golden Rod or similar tubing type R/C airplane control material is a very
grood alternative to bell cranks or choke cables.
> Bill Uffelman
> Otford UK today
> --- On Mon, 8/31/09, Jerry Prather <prather.js@...> wrote:
> From: Jerry Prather <prather.js@...>
> Subject: Re: [Model_Railroads_Of_Southern_California] Re: Blue Point
Manual Turnout Machines
> To: "
> Date: Monday, August 31, 2009, 5:59 AM
> On Mon, 31 Aug 2009 00:13:46 +0000, cphuntington wrote:
> >I am planing to install them on my other layout but as you have
> >linkages in some situations could be a very complex.
> >It might be possible to run a rod from the machine to one end of a
> >to an L shaped piece. Another rod would run from the other end
> >L shaped piece to the front of the layout. The "L" would
pivot in the middle where
> >the two sides meet at an angle.
> If I might suggest another possibility: I had a similar
> situation. I used auto choke cables. These can bend and curve
> (within limits) and maintain push-pull operation. They might
> even be used to extend the reach of the Blue Point switches
> beyond three feet.
> Hope this helps,