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Old 02-03-2018, 05:42 PM   #1
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At present My L shaped terminus to fiddle yard layout is operated using four foot long cassettes. This works but is cumbersome. I am planning on replacing the cassettes with a Traverser. The Traverser itself will be a metre long - ample for three coaches - and it is planned to feature a fixed loco release section at the far end providing space for a small Pacific loco ( my largest locos presently are a schools and a secr n class). I wish to avoid too much handling of locos and will therefore use either a peco loco lift or the loco release to move the loco from one end of the train to the other. I am restricted in the lateral space available on the far side but can accommodate a four track Traverser. I am proposing the near track has a point servicing a fifth track which would be long enough to hold a two coach push pull set. The Traverser will be a metre long as described and 400 mm wide.

I am planning on constructing the Traverser, the immediate approach to the Traverser, the loco release and the support to the three from 12mm plywood supported / braced as necessary by softwood. The whole structure will be 1550mm long and supported by wall brackets as is the remainder of my layout.

Has anyone here got experience of building a similar Traverser and tips to pass on. In particular I should be grateful for advice as to what to look for in the drawer runners I plan to use mount the Traverser. As my layout is dcc I anticipate wiring will be simple - each track on the Traverser permanently live. I plan to use a simple bolt system to lock the Traverser in each of its four positions.
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Old 02-03-2018, 07:44 PM   #2
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Peter, I have built two, one in N the other in OO. Have a rummage through my Low Ghyll thread in Members Layouts. If you can’t find it let me know and I’ll look it up when I get home.

It starts at post #196 but I notice the pics are missing so I’ll try and load them tomorrow and add some explanation where appropriate.
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Old 02-03-2018, 08:02 PM   #3
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As I write this, I will assume you model in 00 gauge.
Have you considered using a Peco loco lift as an option instead?
Traversers can either be in traditional form or the simpler ark type which can be simpler to build, though with the drawer type sliders now available, standard traversers should be simple enough to build.
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You can get a wardrobe sliding door kit off Amazon, but don't pay more than the 15 advertised since it won't be taking as much weight as a wardrobe door. Tracks can be cut to length.


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wardrobe-Sl...door+track+kit
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OK Peter, here we go.
I will include photos from both of my traverser even though one is built on an open frame and the other a solid base - you'll get the idea. In both cases I eased ball-bearing drawer slides from B&Q, not the cheapest but very smooth in operation, and very strong. I also found their thickness exactly matched the thickness of my ply, 12mm I think, which made levelling it all up very easy.

F2530DAE-EACD-4710-9622-69303E235EDE by Steve Mumford, on Flickr

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E4B7B634-A61D-4C50-81A9-FA7DF081B872 by Steve Mumford, on Flickr

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7C77779A-BA20-44C6-AFF2-0993446D8E98 by Steve Mumford, on Flickr

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I think the pictures will be self explanatory, but feel free to ask any questions.
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Steve, looks excellent, but heavy. Is there any reason why, it could not be in perspex. john
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Steve, looks excellent, but heavy. Is there any reason why, it could not be in perspex. john
John, I know from previous comments that you have successfully used Perspex on your layout but I would never consider it as an option on anything I built. I feel the same way about the use of polystyrene and celotex as baseboards.
As for weight, the open frame one sits under my N gauge layout, accessed via my helix, and securely bolted to the shed wall and has legs to support it.
The OO version is just about 4' long and 15" wide and is sirprisingly light. It easily lifts off the end of the layout and can be carried with one hand.
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