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Hi all,

After thinking about a traverser for the end of the board has anyone seen or even constructed an electrically operated one ?
For its components i have runners in mind for smoothness like these below.
A motor with some kind of mechanism as the turntable from Atlas which hold the position of the desired track for a moment, thus giving the ability to select which track of stock to move onto the main board.
 

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Hi Nick
I have not seen one myself , but I have read somewhere (I think on this forum ) regarding the use of an old flat bed scanner to motorize a transverser

It should be perfect for N scale

Continental Modeler had an article about a NZ based Euro HO layout , that had a large transverser in a below track storage yard. I cant remember if it was motorized though.

Hope this helps

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Hi Zmil,

A scanner sounds a good idea nice and smooth but how to control the bed at intervals may take some working out
 

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Not sure how it would work exactly but could you use microswitches and "pop" buttons - not sure of the correct term.

You push the pop switch that activates the traverser. The traverser moves to the correct position and depresses the micro switch. The pop switch is "popped" and becomes open. You push the button again and the traverser sets off to the next microswitch.
 

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For the less technically minded among us....just a reminder that Heljan ae planning to release a DCC working Traverser in the autumn for around GBP 170.

If it is anything like their turntable and container crane, then it should be a cracker.

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Depends on what gauge your into
Doug publisheda video a feww weeks ago of sucha travcerser and theres athread about them on this site Link to Topic Page 2 shows the video of motrorised one but its N gauge I think?
 

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Now lets try without the errors which I can't edit?? (Time out possibly?)....

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Depends on what gauge your into?
Doug published a video a few weeks ago of such a traverser and there's a thread about them on this site LINK TO TOPIC Page 2 shows the video of motorised one, but its N gauge I think?
 

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Depends on what gauge your into?
Doug published a video a few weeks ago of such a traverser and there's a thread about them on this site LINK TO TOPIC Page 2 shows the video of motorised one, but its N gauge I think?
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I model N gauge so the minitrix one would be suitable but space wont allow it and the sidings, as it is to go on the left hand side of the board as you look at it and i only have two foot to fit it in next to the door.

I have thought about using an industrial servo to move the bed made from a lightweight material as it will only hold wagons and the loco will approach it on a single track at the front which also serves as a programme track making it easy to sort loco addresses.
 

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I made this one, but it's in a terminus station used as an engine release at the end of two running lines not at the end of a baseboard. I suppose it could be adapted though.



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The October 2008 (Issue 16) of the Hornby Magazine has an article on 'Sarum Road'. This uses a traverser hidden within an engine shed. There is not a great deal of information on the construction of the traverser, but I have seen it in action at a couple of exhibition and it runs very sweetly.

It may be worth asking a question or two in the 'Hornby' section of this Forum or take a look at Hornby's own website to see if you can get further information.

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Great clip Mike many thanks sorry i missed your posting of it ........ given me some ideas on a part of the layout instead of being at the end of board one.
 
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