Travel with Caboose Ground Throws

Discussion in 'General' started by Boomer John, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. Boomer John

    Boomer John Member

    I seem to be having inconsistancies with the amount of travel
    on the the Caboose ground throws. Some of them just won't
    move the points all the way from side to side causing derails. I'm using Atlas code 83 # 4's. Anybody else had this problem, or is
    it my imagination and there is no variance?

  2. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    John, do you have the spring-loaded throws? If so, then take a closer look at your turnout; there may be something that is causing the points to stick.
  3. Friscotony

    Friscotony Member

    Care must also be taken to insure that the area under the turnout and where the point of the caboose throw goes through the tie bar are clear of any obstacles or binding points. I have had this happen with both ground throws and even with powered motors. This drag may not be really noticeable, but it can occur.

  4. geep07

    geep07 Member

    I usually shim up the ground throws so that the throwing arm is parallel to the ground and not warped and binding in any way. I also check the connecting pin of the throwbar is not dragging on the ground, I use a toe nail clip and snip off enough where it barely comes through the connecting rod of the points. By this I have no problems with the ground throws, they are reliable!

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