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IT’S NOT ALWAYS THE POINTS!

by Webmaster on May 26th, 2009

During the last operating session on Dividing Creek, Ray Palleschi mentioned that there may be a problem with one (or more) points on Middlebury turnouts. So, knowing that the older Walthers (Shinohara) turnouts sometimes develop contact issues, I set out to repair the offending turnout.
After tweaking the points, shimming the little brass contact strip, re-shaping the little brass contact strip, etc. etc. the points still would not route the power correctly. Checking, checking, checking….. Wait! Let me just check the solder joint just in front of the turnout. AHA!!! One quick touch with the soldering gun and the problem seems to be solved. Really, it isn’t always the points.

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