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Sending the right signals?
Lever Frames by MODRATEC
- It's clever!
- It's versatile!
- It's affordable!
- It's a way to apply Mechanical Interlocking to the Points and Signals on your Model Railway!
A 12-lever example of a MODRATEC Mechanically Interlocked Lever Frame. This frame has additional electrical releases on levers 4, 7 and 10.
MODRATEC has developed a system that allows virtually any railway modeller to incorporate what they have always dreamed of—realistic hands-on control of points and signals, interlocked for safety.
And even if you don't have a model railway, a fully interlocked Lever Frame makes a great executive toy!
Each MODRATEC Mechanically Interlocked Lever Frame is customised for your specific layout requirements.
- It works for mechanical control of points and signals.
- It works for electrical control.
- ... or a mixture of both.
- It controls semaphore signals.
- It controls colour-light signals.
- It interfaces to automatic signals.
And now includes CONDITIONAL INTERLOCKING!! and EEMECK ELECTRICAL RELEASES.
... the task of making a proper frame, with tappets and sliders working in concert to prevent a conflicting move or unsafe working method being executed, has been made considerably easier thanks to MODRATEC of Australia. [RAILWAY MODELLER - Feb 2006]
Interlocking design has always seemed something of a mysterious black art. To overcome this, MODRATEC has created a design tool called SigScribe4.
You can download SigScribe4 free of charge. You use it to draw your track plan, place signals, and define routes. SigScribe4 then creates the mechanical interlocking design and simulates it so that you can test your design.
Your Lever Frame Kit
MODRATEC uses your SigScribe4 design to generate your customised Kit and Construction Manual.
With standard Kits, you are provided with drilling guides so that you can place holes accurately. Many holes also need to be tapped with an M3 thread.
Alternatively, MODRATEC can provide Premium Kits with all holes pre-drilled and tapped as required.
NEW ITEMS FROM THE SHOP
Eemeck Electrical Releases for electro-mechanical interlocking functions. Please see details in The MODRATEC Shop - link to the right.
Point Motor Pulser (PMP01A) series to our product range. These are designed to operate solenoid-type point motors safely and reliably using simple on/off switching. Please see details in The MODRATEC Shop - link to the right.
We have released a new range of Auxiliary Switch Units that may be fitted to any of our Lever Frames. Please see details in The MODRATEC Shop.
MODRATEC is now offering WIT Starter Packs so that customers may have an opportunity to give wire-in-tube control a try. You get a 6-lever Premium non-interlocked Lever Frame Kit together with sufficient wire, flexible tube, clamps, joiners and Point-wit mechanisms to operate 6 sets of points. Ideal to try out in a yard. NOW AVAILABLE - 12-lever WIT Starter Pack.
We are also making available a range of basic electronic components ideally suited to railway modelling. These, together with some screw packs, are offered in convenient packaged quantities. See our new Elec, Mech Products page.
Signalling Wiki needs Authors
We have recently launched rail-interlock.com as a wiki-style site aimed at defining the functions of railway signalling and interlocking. There is only a minimal skeleton at this stage.
If you have a particular interest in this area of knowledge, please consider offering your services as an author. Only registered authors will be permitted to add and edit content.
The concept is to create a single tree structure of information beginning from the most generic of definitions before moving to the more specific information relating to particular real-world applications and practice.
Please contact us for further information or to register your interest in becoming an author.
The MODRATEC Signalling Prize
Each year, at the Brisbane Model Train Show MODRATEC offers a $250.00 cash prize and trophy for the layout with the best signalling. Here is the list of winners.
- 2005 Graeme Lewis - Ashworth - 7mm Scale. Read article.
- 2006 Graeme Lewis - Ashworth - 7mm Scale. Read article.
- 2007 Kevin Knight - St Alban's Priory, and Greg Goodchild - Grassington & Threshfield, combined N-gauge layout. Read article.
- 2008 Peter Lewis - Time & Patience - HO Scale New South Wales layout. Read article.
- 2009 Dagabar - HO Scale Queensland layout. (Dagabar derives from the names of the team members, David, Andrew, Graham, and Bruce and Robert.) Read article.
- 2010 Princetown - OO Scale GWR layout - Builder: Bob Freemantle, Signal Engineer: Mark Stapleton. Read article.
- 2011 Dagabar - HO Scale Queensland layout. (Dagabar derives from the names of the team members, David, Andrew, Graham, and Bruce and Robert.) Read article.
- 2012 Dagabar - HO Scale Queensland layout. (Dagabar derives from the names of the team members, David, Andrew, Graham, and Bruce and Robert.) Read article - See 2012 Gallery.
A scene at Dagabar, where, just as in real life, signals occasionally fail and technicians ponder the cause.
MODRATEC owns other domain names including modratec.com.au, modratec.mobi (available now for mobile phone access), and rail-interlock.com, our signalling wiki.
To see our Show Schedule, check this topic in the MODRATEC Guest Lounge.
Updated March 2013
Queensland Model Railway Show
October 2013 - The Workshops Rail Museum
North Street, North Ipswich
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