Home Open Account Help 131 users online

Model Railroading > Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors


Pages:  [ 1 ][ 2 ] [ Next ]
Current Page:1 of 2


Date: 08/04/19 18:28
Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: WrongWayMurphy

Home built puzzle switch in 7.5" gauge, on a track near Austin Tex.

Also a three way switch leading into the barn

And finally a double headed passenger special








Date: 08/04/19 18:35
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: railstiesballast

Does your Double Slip Switch ("Puzzle") have movable point center frogs?
No. 10 layouts usually have movable points, No. 8s may or may not.
Thanks for sharing.



Date: 08/04/19 20:38
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: DKay

Great bit  of trackwork there Shane.Double Slip is awsome.
Regards,DK



Date: 08/04/19 21:49
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: MojaveBill

Beautiful!!

Bill Deaver
Mojave, CA



Date: 08/05/19 03:39
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: WrongWayMurphy

Yes center frogs are moveable, note operator in center as well as on point ends.



railstiesballast Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Does your Double Slip Switch ("Puzzle") have
> movable point center frogs?
> No. 10 layouts usually have movable points, No. 8s
> may or may not.
> Thanks for sharing.



Date: 08/05/19 04:32
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: SPDRGWfan

I ain't a youn'n but I've never heard a double slip switch called a puzzle switch.

Cheers, old dog learning new tricks, Jim



Date: 08/05/19 05:15
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: acltrainman

Fantastic switch work, good job but a lot of work to build it I bet.
 

Stanley Jackowski
Valrico, FL



Date: 08/05/19 06:25
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: LarryDoyle

SPDRGWfan Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> I ain't a youn'n but I've never heard a double
> slip switch called a puzzle switch.
>
> Cheers, old dog learning new tricks, Jim

You must have lived a sheltered life. It's common usage.

-LD



Date: 08/05/19 07:03
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: birdman

eLarryDoyle Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> SPDRGWfan Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I ain't a youn'n but I've never heard a double
> > slip switch called a puzzle switch.
> >
> > Cheers, old dog learning new tricks, Jim
>
> You must have lived a sheltered life. It's common
> usage.

Seems to be a term used regionally in certain parts of the country. Not used in the northeastern USA. Double slip switch is standard in these parts.
>
> -LD



Date: 08/05/19 07:25
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: CPRR

We had one at Los Angeles Live Steamers for years. Took it out, and now is a wall ornament on part of the line



Date: 08/05/19 07:54
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: livesteamer

Absolutely beautiful trackwork in that yard!
 

Marty Harrison
Knob Noster, MO



Date: 08/05/19 08:55
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: raytc1944

We called them puzzle switches on the NYC in the east.



Date: 08/05/19 10:53
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: tomstp

Took me a while to recognize where this is but, I finally did.



Date: 08/05/19 10:56
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: SPDRGWfan

LarryDoyle Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> You must have lived a sheltered life. It's common
> usage.
>
> -LD

Not really; I never worked in the industry, but been a train nut since a wee lad in the early 60's and ready plenty of books and magazines over the years.  Most of my interest has been western trains, mainly SP and D&RGW.  I noticed someone mentioned it was a term they used on the NYC in the east.

Nope, never heard the term.



Date: 08/05/19 12:31
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: wag216

The UP/CRI&P had a Puzzle switch at N.Topeka, Kansas that I was around in the 1930s. wag216



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/05/19 12:32 by wag216.



Date: 08/05/19 13:58
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: wabash2800

Railroaders actually called them that (on some railroads). The Illinois Central had one at Dixon, Illinois near the freight house. In Jim Boyd's book, "Monday Mornin Rails" he has photos and dialogue. It really seemed like overkill at the location but the railroad used it until the end, as far as I know. If I would put something like that on my model railroad in a similar set-up I would be chastised.


Victor A. Baird
http://www.erstwhilepublications.com



Date: 08/05/19 14:44
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: PHall

Railroads usually avoided them because of all of those moving parts which required regular maintenance and lubrication.
Expenses most railroads could do without.



Date: 08/05/19 15:56
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: alamedafrank

It was a common term on the WP even though the only one I ever saw was on the Oakland Terminal right at the base of the wooden overpass of the SP mainline near 16th Street. It was called a puzzle switch because some of the dumb switchmen could not figure it out to throw it correctly! Frank



Date: 08/05/19 16:46
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: railstiesballast

During my tenure at Los Angeles and Houston on the SP, from 1970-87, there were leads of double slip switches in both the Cornfield at Los Angeles and Englewood in Houston and at Metrolink in Los Angeles 1992-2006 at Union Station plus one at San Bernardino.  In all these cases the language used was "puzzle" switch unless it was time to order replacement parts.
I had not, until now, met anyone who did not know the name puzzle, but some were taken aback by calling them a double slip switch.



Date: 08/05/19 19:17
Re: Puzzle switch, in the great outdoors
Author: MP555

WrongWayMurphy Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Also a three way switch leading into the barn

Lap switch.



Pages:  [ 1 ][ 2 ] [ Next ]
Current Page:1 of 2


[ Share Thread on Facebook ] [ Search ] [ Start a New Thread ] [ Back to Thread List ] [ <Newer ] [ Older> ] 
Page created in 0.0583 seconds