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Old 10-01-2010, 09:38 AM   #1
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Did Lionel ever make a manual 042 radius switch?

I wonder if Lionel ever made a manually operated 42 inch radius switch? Is the model 042 a 42 inch radius switch? They seem common on the used market.

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Old 10-01-2010, 10:22 AM   #2
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The 042 is the postwar manual version to the 022. Both are 31 inch radius I believe, but they are model numbers. The 022 has a reversible switching motor. The 042 manual lever can be used on an 022 or even an 042 radius switch etc. A manual switch cannot be used as an automatic one unless you really like to tinker but the 022 is a great deal used. In prewar the 021 is the manual o scale switch.
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:28 AM   #3
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T-Man, he was asking about a manual 42" radius switch. The 042 is the manual version of the O gauge 022 switch, but it is 31" diameter. A 42" radius switch would be an O-84. I think he means a 42" diameter switch which would be O-42. With all this said, I don't know the answer if he is looking for a O-42 manual switch. I think Lionel lists O-27 height 42" diameter switches in their catalog, but I don't remember if they are manual or electric.
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:42 AM   #4
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I am not sure either, that is why I am suggesting on switching the mechanism. It can be confusing.

That is my beef with e bay, all the track for sale and they seldom say the radius.
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That's amusing.
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The guys that put stuff on eBay usually don't know what they have. That is why they can't tell you what they have.
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Old 10-01-2010, 03:13 PM   #7
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This doesn't really answer the initial question, but Lionel does currently offer left and right remote control 42" switches ...

http://www.lionel.com/Products/Finde...ID=&CatalogId=

http://www.lionel.com/Products/Finde...ID=&CatalogId=

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Old 10-02-2010, 08:55 AM   #8
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Nice find.
Also listed is the manual with directions on how to convert to Trainmaster Control and adapt it for a fixed voltage plug.
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Bob Nelson at http://cs.trains.com/TRCCS/forums/95.aspx has some very detailed directions on how to convert O-27 switches to fixed voltage operation. If done inproperly, it can result in burned out switch motors. Some of the stuff he recommends is very clever.
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Bob Nelson at http://cs.trains.com/TRCCS/forums/95.aspx has some very detailed directions on how to convert O-27 switches to fixed voltage operation. If done inproperly, it can result in burned out switch motors. Some of the stuff he recommends is very clever.
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How do you go about finding the link were he has the directions?
When I click your link it just brings me to the main page.
What do you do search Bob Nelson?
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