Using Sunset Valley Railroad switch stands on the layout
Operating realism is very important to me. It ensures that those working my layouts move at a realistic pace and in a realistic way. Switch operation is a big part of that goal for me.
The source of inspiration – Port Rowan in 1:64
Originally inspired by a post on Trevor Marshall’s Port Rowan blog, I want to include these switch stands as a part of my operating realism approach.
I particularly like the fact that Trevor uses a single style of padlock to lock the switches along with a length of chain. This ensures that all switches must be unlocked before use, and relocked after use as happens on the 1:1 railroad.
As Trevor says in the blog post, they are more expensive than other simpler options. However, I think that if you have a small layout, and realistic operation is your thing, then the cost is worth it. And they’ll last forever.
I’ve wanted to share this post for a long time, but only recently found all the links again after long searching. I hope you enjoy reading about this and get inspired.
- Visit the Sunset Valley Railroad website here – scroll down to the section on switch stands
- Visit Trevor’s Port Rowan website here
- Visit Trevor’s article on using the switch stands in the Model Railroad Hobbyist Magazine here. If you have not already subscribed to this excellent free magazine yet – I implore you to do so forthwith!Trevor