"Hand Stand" Switch Stands
They actually throw the turnout points for alignment.
They are made in three sizes .. .. HO-HOn3 - S-Sn3 - O-On3
HO-Hon3 $15.95 . . . . S-Sn3 $16.95 . . . . O-On3 $18.95
(Round . or . Diamond) ***** with frog switch


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Installing "Hand-Stands"

Step 1.
Glue down the tie extension aligned with the tie next to the throw-bar. Make a mark a scale 8 feet from the center line of the track on this tie.
(HO-HOn3 8'=about 1 inch)
(S-Sn3 8'=about 1+3/8ths)
(O-On3 8'=about 2 inches)

Always install the tie on curve side of turnout with the throw rod to the left side of the tie
Step 2.
On the end of the throw-bar, drill a hole using a #64 (.036) drill bit. This is a little bigger than the rod we'll be using. Make certain it goes all the way through the throw-bar.
(A larger hole won't work. Too much play in the linkage)
Insert the pre-bent throwrod in the hole as in Pic.#1
Then center the turnout switch points
Step 3.
With the throw rod inplace, at it's end and to the side
of the bend, drill a 1/16 inch hole straight down through the tie and table.
(Try not to lean the drill over) ... The straighter up and down you get this hole,
the straighter your handstand will be. Be sure the hole is at the end but along side the rod
Step 4.
Insert the 1/16th brass tubing and frog switch pcboard (provided)
up from underneath through the 1/16th hole you just drilled
until it is flush with the bottom of the table.
If the tube sticks up too far out of the table top .............
Step 5.
..... cut off the excess tube so that it is flush with the top of the table. Not the top of the tie .... but the table. (bottom of tie). You can cut it off flush with the top of the tie and then push it down to flush with the table. The extra little bit sticking out the bottom won't hurt anything.
Step 6.
Temporarily put the "Hand Stand" in place with the small lever at the bottom centered. Place the turnout points in the middle. Lower the Hand-Stand" lever down slowly and guide the little lever
with the hole in it, over the sticking up pre bent throw rod.
It should slip right down over the rod end and will now throw the turnout.

It should look like this.
with the bent rod and stand in place.
Step 7.
With everything in place make sure the "Hand-Stand" and the turnout
are both centered. If they're not ... then lift the "Hand-Stand" up and tweek the rod
a little longer or shorter as needed to center the crank
on the bent up end of the throw rod. Like this
Now spike down the two stand legs through their holes
Step 8.
Now underneath the table....
1. Bend the rod over flat at 90 degrees.

2. Bend it up a little more than 90 degrees.

3. Bend it back the other way.

4. Cut off the excess.
Step 9.
Put a dab of glue or silicone on the bottom of the pc board to hold it lined up with the spring centered both directions. Make sure spring and bent arm below both travel either direction over center. (tweek a little here .. there ... till centered)
Solder wire from the two stock rails above to the two outside solder tabs on the pc board.
Then solder the spring wire (middle wire) to the frog on the turnout above.
Then adjust the two brass tab contacts till the spring hits either one each direction.
Step 10.
Check everything for smooth operation both directions and then spike down the base of the "Hand-Stand" in the two holes in the outside of the base. Your done. ...... Click ..... Click .... the little stand throws the switch points and holds them in place with spring pressure. There you have it. A neat looking little switch stand that really works. ........ we call them "Hand-Stands"
Mechanical remote operation
You can use a rod to operate the Hand Stand from the front facia of the railroad.
Flaten the end of the rod and drill a .040 hole that can be slipped over the handstand
shaft that extends below the tabl. Then bend three 90 deg bends following the drawing'

A straightened coat hanger wire is the right size to push and pull easily.
Be sure the first HandStand shaft bend is directly sideways to the incoming rod. The second bend
is straight down...slip on the rod and finally the last bend straight back away from the facia.


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