Retro Future Electrics

A page about retro electronics, from the introduction of electricity until 1970-something. We refit old gadgets with new tech, and wonder at the makers who came before us.

Lionel O-gauge track switches

My father gave me his trains before he passed away. These Lionel trains and tracks from the 50’s are a bit of a family heirloom. Last year I got the non-functioning locomotive refurbished by The Motor Doctor who did good work at a fair price. Now that I had a working locomotive I wanted to some thing a little more interesting than just going around in an oval. As part of his set I also got a few switches, and a section of “magic track” which made various cars perform a function.

For the initial work I just want the switches to operate in tandem. The overall design is an oval, with a switch on each side which can switch to a smaller oval. For this each switch needs to be going the same way or a derailment will happen.

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