Installing Point Levers
When it comes to points, the question is - Do you want point levers, or not? If you've already decided that you don't, I wonder why on earth you came to visit this page in the first place. But picture this, a point a bit of a walk away from where you currently sit, perhaps with a glass of something cold and refreshing,. (Like cold tea you've forgotten to drink) So you lean forward, flip a switch, a signal drops and hey presto the point has changed. Your day of bliss continues, Sounds good? Well if you ever manage it can you drop me a line and let me know how you did it?
Adjacent Point Levers
We use two arrangements on the Shibanxi Light Railway. The first method involves removing the spring from the Peco point. Now this does mean if you have a balloon loop you won't be able to use this method, as the point blade won't move freely, however I like this method as if you keep the paint on the point level you can see which way the engine is going to go, and having an 11 year old it is helpful, rather than frantically dashing down the garden as you've suddenly found the train is heading for the pond at full steam, as he has forgotten to reset it and has wandered off!
The picture should explain it all fairly easily. I use garden wire as it is fairly strong but still has flex. The point levers are from GRS and have recently been updated and are actually much better than the Tenmile ones are the sort usually used.
This type of method can be used even if the point has been laid already, and is particularly useful if the spring has rusted! Remove the plastic cover over the spring and remove the spring to. Using about 3" of wire bend one end into an uneven 'U' shape with the left hand part of the 'U' longer than the right hand part. Slide the straight edge of the wire between the sleepers and the rail and insert the longer edge of the 'U' into the point and trim so that it doesn't rub on whatever is below the point. Give the wire a tweak after the 'U' to clear the point spacer and then ensure the point moves correctly. Position the point leveras required, bend the end of the wire 90 degrees to suit and you're done. If the point doesn't open or close correctly you can bend the wire to increase or decrease the amount of travel.
If you want to install a point a few metres away you can also rremotely control it, all you need is a brake or gear cable from Halford's or the like, some thin NON FLEXIBLE wire and some electrical connectors with the plastic sheaving removed to link the cable and wire together. The video below should make it all clear.