Automated points switch

While the immediate use of Masao Hidaka‘s clever device may not be apparent to non train fan readers, I hope that the ingenious basic principles will be. Basically it’s an all mechanical, close to all ‘system’ system for changing which path a train will take, based on the position of the red dot. So much elegant engineering here and I hope it might inspire even better approaches to this and similar problems.


3 comments on “Automated points switch

  1. Duq

    Brilliant! This can be very usefull on a layout, for example to make freight trains go one way and passenger trains go the other way.

  2. jediknight219

    What about a PF train where you can control the position of the red dot using the remote control?

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