Thanks for the update on the Rokuhan track and switches.
Nice hear that they are making a 13� crossover! A reliable one
is sorely needed. The Marklin one that I used was very problematic---
in fact I called it my "automatic loco shutoff and right-of-way-obstructor" ;>)
I too, am one those who is very interested in using the Rokuhan turnouts
with imbedded solenoid action. The other track providers have completely
missed the boat as far as I'm concerned ;>)
On Dec 3, 2010, at 11:51 AM, Garth wrote:
> Yesterday we got our first sample box of track from Rokuhan and there were a couple of surprises.
> Just about everything operated on radius R170 and R145, the first surprise was the MTL GP9 ran on R120mm but the MTL 50 ft box car with talgo trucks would not. Marklin 2-8-2T ran on R120. Marklin USRA 2-8-2 was fine on R145 as was the USRA Pacific. THE little Marklin 0-6-0's went all the way down to R095 without a hitch.
> The AZL SD75 has a problem towing cars through R170 curves if it has 905 pilot mounted couplers as there is not enough coupler swing in the 905's. If you have talgo truck mounted couplers they work fine and also work with the coupler pocket and coupler from an SD40-2 in the pilot but only with a 50ft car as the first car behind the engine. The SD40-2 was fine on R170 but at R145 we had to be sure we had a 50ft box car behind it or the coupler swing pushed the rear of the car connected to the engine off of the track.
> I set up a double main and put in 4 switches to crate a double cross over from one main and back. Everything ran fine through the switches. They are power routing so you can create a short if you have track power on when you move the switches. The Rokuhan switches do not come with the R490 and L110 straight with the beveled edge to fit to the switch. The instruction sheet in Japanese shows how to make this trim cut so your track will fit. I used a very sharp exacto blade to make the trim cut in three passes. So with these switches each loop of track needs at least one track feed. In a yard ladder the only track with power is the one with the through route all others are dead. With a double ended yard rather than a stub yard you might want to consider ganging the two switches to a single control lever so you don't have to put isolation in the middle between the switches. The switches can be modified to be power everywhere if desired.
> So no R245 or R270 yet. There is an isolation piece of track so you can set up a reverse loop operation with either auto or manual controls. Crossovers are coming and the 13 degree version would allow you to build a double track main line with a double track reverse loop. So lots of new opportunities with this track system. Did I mention the switch machine is inside the roadbed of the switch.
> Still working out how the product will arrive in North America. There are several parties that are really interested.
> cheerz Garth
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