Rotary Knob Turnout Controls for Blue Point and BullFrog switch machines
here are many methods and mechanisms for controlling turnouts, ranging from motorized, DCC-controlled machines such as the popular Tortoise, to a simple bent wire, springaction ‘finger’ control. Recently, two new entries in the manual turnout control market caught my attention; the BullFrog from Fast Tracks and the Blue Point from New Rail Models.
— by Galen Gallimore photos by the author
I am drawn to this type of machine by the design simplicity, power routing capability, and reasonable cost. I don’t want to spend a lot, plus I like the hands-on feeling of actually ‘bending the iron’. On my new layout the track height is too high to reach into the layout comfortably to operate a ground throw, so that option was out. These new controls seemed to be a fitting solution, but one thing bothered me.
Figure 1 Page 72 • Issue 11-02 • Feb 2011 • Rotary Knob Turnout Controls, page 1
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Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine - Feb 2011 monthly issue (Issue #12)