Help- fitting peco point motors

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  1. Andy_Sollis

    Andy_Sollis Full Member

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    one thing I’ve never really done very well at is fitting peco point motors.
    I’m trying to fit the extended pin version with the adaptor base below the board, but can’t seem to get it right... it either rubs the slot I’ve cut or it’s too far over to flick...

    Is there a trick to getting these annoying things right when your working upside down under your boards to fit them?
     
  2. Gary

    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Can I ask if the track has been laid and ballasted ??

    If so, I recommend you make a centering jig from styrene sheet and strip. It looks like this and can be positioned on top to centre the blades of the point to the middle, which then positions the hole in the centre of the point.


    Hope this helps...

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Nope, it’s not ballasted yet. I’ve waited to fit the point motors before doing that.
     
  4. Andy_Sollis

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    Btw, it’s a single slip
     
  5. Gary

    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Why not just fit the motors to the track and cut a larger hole in the baseboard ?? A thin piece of styrene with a TEE cut into it can be positioned between the motor and base of the sleepers to stop errant ballast getting through.

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    I use double sided tape so it can be adjusted when it is in the right place and working correctly I then fix with screws.

    Cheers Mike
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Ive used the double sided sticky tape when fitting cobalts before. Works quite well. :thumbs:
     
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  8. Graeme

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    +1 for that method
    2x25mm holes drilled overlapping into baseboard then the bit left over removed with a rasp.
    Fit the motor to the point (assuming Peco points) pre-wired then feed it down through the hole and secure.
    Thin piece of shimming material of choice pushed under before fixing leaving a slot for the pin to move in.
    Sure beats the hell out of working upside down, you might just be able to see it in this view looking at the doubleslip for un-ballasted and points on lower level ballasted.


    3 Tunnels and Mine.JPG
     
  9. Andy_Sollis

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    Thanks all. I see if we stilll have any double sided tape and try that.

    I don’t like the idea of the big holes myself.
     
  10. Sol

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    These two turnouts have Peco solenoids attached and the big holes.
    two solenoids.jpg
     
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