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Less than 6 levers?

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2004 11:19 am    Post subject: Less than 6 levers? Reply with quote

All,

It's been a while since I posted anything, but have been keeping an eye on the Lounge. It looks like soon we will have some kits to play with Smile

I cannot remember if I raised this previously, but I'll do it again.

The type of layout I will eventually build will not have complex interlocking at its locations. The majority of interlocking will be performed by local ground frames, typically 2 lever and sometimes up to 5 levers.

My suggestion is that the minimum of 6 levers be reduced to 2. I would like the option of being able to build a number of local lever frames, typically with an FPL lever and point lever only. As has been noted in this forum previously, in ground frames (NSW at least), the FPL works differently than in a signal box situation. In a ground frame, the point is locked when the FPL is in the NORMAL position (ie back in the frame, not 'pulled'). To unlock the point, the FPL must be 'pulled' into the REVERSE position, which then releases the black point lever.

In saying this, I hope this is possible without complicating either SigScribe4 or the manufacture of the kits.

I would love to be able to have a large working interlocking, but as said above, my layout just doesn't have that size of 6 levers or more.

For your consideration. Smile Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2004 11:36 am    Post subject: Looking forward to the day ..... Reply with quote

Apologies to Group,

I didn't realise I wasn't logged in when I made the post.

For info, it was made by ianm.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2004 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back ianm.

It isn't practical for MODRATEC to make its Lever Frame Kits in other than multiples of 6 at this stage. However, we're sure that a bit of "kit bashing" would enable you to do what you need. Obviously, for something as simple as two interlocked levers, it doesn't take SigScribe4 to work out the design. Again, a bit of creative modification will prove fruitful. We're sure that once the kits are released, the Guest Lounge will run hot with clever little mods to suit unique situations.

Another approach is to combine a number of small frames into one unit - not practical in a real railway, but full of advantages for the modeller.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2004 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can appreciate that. You are right. A two lever frame is a pretty simple interlocking. It will be interesting to see how the kits are made.

Would it be possible to order a "blank" six lever frame and make this into 3 x two lever frames?

Still looking forward to the kits.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It won't be quite that simple, ianm. But stay patient!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've locked this topic now, but feel free to discuss the matter further in the new forum, MODRATEC Lever Frame Kits.
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