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Old 10-03-2013, 05:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Aristocraft manual switch machines

Hello everyone, newbie here. I am trying to locate some aristocraft manual switch machines for my garden railroad. None of my switches are working. I took one apart today and the spring had corroded. I can't seem to find any switches for sale, can anyone point me in the fight direction? Thank you in advance.

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Old 10-04-2013, 09:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default RE: Aristocraft manual switch machines

The switches are in good supply, 30370, and 30380. I would consider another brand of manual throw. Sunset Valley makes a very nice ground throw.
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum,

How about an over-center spring? Simple and reliable with few moving parts. I believe Totalwrecker had a topic on them recently. Ah, Here it is. Not sure about the specifics of posting links but the topic is 'Low Tech, backsaving, semi-automatic manual switch machine' and can be found in the Track, Trestles, Bridges and Roadbed section. It's about ten posts down at the moment. All you need is a piece of spring wire and there are pictures that show everything. I do not have any experience with Aristocraft switches but I prefer the springs over LGB's manual throw which often were too weak to throw completely. Just push the points over and they stay.

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Here's the link Scott:

http://www.mylargescale.com/Communit...c/Default.aspx

I agree, simple and effective.
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Last time I needed springs, I had to call Navin and he mailed them to me. Couldn't locate them on their web site.
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