Easy Point Position Indicator
How it’s done
This points indicator uses a small two-way switch attached to the base of a Peco points motor.
- Step 1. Cut the point operating rod flush with the motor base. (on the side NOT changing the points)
- Step 2. Drill a hole of the same diameter as the rod in the switch. Not too deep or you may destroy the electrical bits.
- Step 3. Check the switching action is OK then attach switch with small plastic ties.
This modification puts a bit more strain on the motor, but my point works OK as I have a slightly higher power supply. A system using a CDU unit would probably be OK.
The switch came from Maplins, but are available from advertisers in the modelling publications, or the well-known on-line auction site.
(This mod came about as I had a double slip which developed a problem in not latching one way. I didn’t fancy replacing it as it would be major surgery on my layout. I used the switch purely as a latch but the idea of using it as an indicator came later)
Article Submitted by Club Member Tony Mercer