First switch stand installed

I finally installed my first G-scale switch stand on one of the Milan runaround turnouts.

I painted the targets red and green along with adding some rust on the four bolts that hold the stand in place. The points are thrown with a very simple throw arm designed and fabricated by my friend, John Klocker. As you can see in the photo below, the throw arm has several different entry points for the guide wire. In addition, I reinforced both the guide wire and vertical throw wire with aluminum tubing to help stiffen both wires.

The switch stands will add a nice, realistic touch when switching.


Categories: Operations, Prototype, Trackwork


  1. Loren James Casey

    May 26, 2018 — 3:45 pm

    Ha Scott…..was thinking they were more like 8 inches tall or so until I saw the video. Nice setup, especially since it is so simple….less to go wrong and some foresight for adjustments on a larger scale later. I would love to do something like that, but don’t think there is room at all places so far, plus what would you do if you had a multi-track yard?

    • Thanks, Loren.

      Using the switch stands works well for small layouts. I only have 10 turnouts. They’re probably not practical for larger layouts with many turnouts.

  2. Scott,
    Have you considered weathering the switch stands just a bit, and adding ballast around the shelf? I think it would complete the look. I’ve got some nice large scale ballast I can send to you…

    • Thanks, Craig.

      I did consider weathering the stands but decided against it considering they are outside the layout on the fascia. Since my layout has a valance and thus the room has more of a shadowbox effect, the cleaner stands are more easily seen. I appreciate your offer on the large ballast, but I think I’ll keep it simple. 🙂

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