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Do they make a section of track that can be turned on and off like for a siding application?
What kind of track?

I use tube track and can turn off the power by using a toggle switch.
 

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We don't know what gauge your using. O, HO, N ?

Whatever, use insulated rail joiners and power your siding on and off with toggle switch between transformer and track.

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Using black tie 3 rail. What is the p/n for the insulators and does lionel have a switch for that. Would be nice if it was an integrated piece so its not hokie.
 

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Black tie 3 rail could be MTH Realtrax, MTH Scaletrax, Lionel FasTrack, Gargraves, tubular O track, RMT, etc. Whichever one you have; you can get insulating pins to use in the center rail where the siding comes off the turnout.
 

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Using black tie 3 rail. What is the p/n for the insulators and does Lionel have a switch for that. Would be nice if it was an integrated piece so its not hokie.
You could ask Jeff at traintender if he has a Lionel "Slide Switch". Get all you parts at one place to save on shipping ....

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Using black tie 3 rail. What is the p/n for the insulators and does lionel have a switch for that. Would be nice if it was an integrated piece so its not hokie.
My toggle switch a HOKIE!? Animated cartoon Emoticon Cartoon Yellow Nose



The Hokie Bird is a larger-than-life turkey often seen wandering the college campus in Blacksburg, Virginia?

My switch is a Giant turkey? :confused:

I use more then one toggle switch on my table.
A toggle switch takes up far less room then an "integrated" big rectangle piece on your control panel.
Plus the wires on a toggle switch are underneath and hidden from view.
They do come with an on/off marker tag.

And mine are brand new nice and shiny, not like the one Larry showed. That is used scratched, dusty and dirty.:p

But..........by all means buy a bunch so you get that "integrated" look.

You wouldn't want a HOKIE running around your layout! :p

Happy Thanksgiving. :)
 

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Hokie switch is ok if you have a real layout, iam using my living room floor. Need to limit tripping hazzards.
 

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how about a lamp cord switch? You will need a a hot wire to the siding anyway. Should be no more than $2-3.

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And HD has lamp cord for cheap if you order from their website and pickup at the store Sometimes online price is lower than the in-store price). Silver, white, brown and black colors make it easier to match your carpet/floor. They also have 16/2 wire if you feel the need for a heavier gauge (but I'm not sure Cole's switch works with the heavier gauge). You can probably get the the switch from HD in the same order.

UPDATE: HD has these lamp cord switches. A comment indicated they'll work with 16/2 lamp cord. The "free Ship to Store" option for non-stock items can take awhile sometimes. And a vendor sometimes ignores the order for small value items. Since I'm at HD fairly often, I'll ask about the order and the service desk will call the vendor to get it shipped.

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You have a Hokie hooked up to it John. :laugh:

No words to go with your pictures?
Keyboard broke?
 

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Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, I didn't think it needed any further description. ;)
Yeah but ...

What did you use to mount it hot glue or epoxy? Do you need silver solder or will regular 60/40 rosin core do? What size bit for the hole? Can you use a blue switch instead of red one? What diameter solder did you use? Can we bust your chops any more?

Help me out here guys :):):)
 

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Yeah but ...

What did you use to mount it hot glue or epoxy? Do you need silver solder or will regular 60/40 rosin core do? What size bit for the hole? Can you use a blue switch instead of red one? What diameter solder did you use? Can we bust your chops any more?

Help me out here guys :):):)
Well, since the OP is using tubular track, John's pic is irrelevent!:cheeky4::cheeky4:
 
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