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Mon Mar 30 09:20:41 EDT 2020


No matter how you try the turnouts will have to be lifted up to make the hole for the control rod.  No way around that.
I have found in the past that instead of the large hole they recommend is to use a Rotozip type cutter and just open a hole the width of the turnout 
At the switch ties.

I am doing just the opposite of you and going to manual control of my turnouts.  I use Bullfrog controls(FastTraks) where needed and either Micro Engineering or Peco turnouts with sprung points.  I find the Tortoise a pain to install, wire and maintain.

> On Mar 30, 2020, at 08:50, NW Modeling List via NW-Modeling-List <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
> I have about 40 turnouts on my layout, all manually controlled.  I have finally decided to automate all turnouts using ​Tortoise Switch Machines.  In your opinion, what is the best way to go about this without having to lift up any track?  Thanks,
> Jack Fletcher
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James Wall
Rural Hall, NC

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