Points In The Garden

Discussion on OO, and O gauge garden model railway design and construction. (scenery, track laying, electronics)
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Re: Points In The Garden

Postby risboroughgreen » Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:11 pm

I used the bog basic Peco pointer motors in my OO garden railway, a few years back. Housed them in plastic buildings made out of Wills plasticard, which was then given many coats of matt varnish. Worked a treat. Just keep the point and motor oiled regularly and away you go. Never had a short or any electrical problems.

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Re: Points In The Garden

Postby jimicus » Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:52 pm

You could use wire-in-tube to somewhere inside, then put the motors indoors. But I'm not sure what practical limits there are on the length of wire-in-tube.

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Re: Points In The Garden

Postby littleimp » Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:40 pm

Car central locking motors are a good choice for outdoor use.


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Re: Points In The Garden

Postby Metroman » Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:19 pm

Does not seem to be any new posts, but going on my last post from 2008, my Garden Railway electrically operated points are still going strong after nearly 10 years, and the wooden covers are also still okay.

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Re: Points In The Garden

Postby Jones » Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:28 pm


I have being using points outside since 1993 with no problems other than ants which decided to build a nest in one. The first ones used were H&M in small plastiv boxes with rocks cast over them the later ones Hornby in there little huts with perspex glued in the open window, all above ground of course. I spray with WD40 in the spring and use micro switches bolted to the top to change the polarity of the frog. Look at the Great Wakering & Flackwell Heath Railway on http://www.oogardenrailway.co.uk/index.php You might find useful a video cam journey on my layout used in the Hornby DVD given away with the January issue of Hornby Magazine.

Trevor Jones

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