Part 2 The auto-reverse mechanismPart one can be found HERE.
The trouble with having several projects on at the same time becomes evident when a few months go past and nothing has moved on. Well, today it was the turn of the automatic tramway to make a move for the limelight. In the first part of this story I got as far as setting up the chassis and getting it to run. At that point the electrical connections were just twisted in place and there was very little weight in the chassis. yes it ran but it was not that reliable as only one of the centre rail pick-ups was connected.
|The chassis is now wired properly and has some temporary weight added|
The new unit uses the excellent geared motor found in the Evolution Helicopter set.
Note to Meccano: Please include this motor in one of the smaller sets!
The new motor also comes complete with a very neat reversing switch that can be operated in many ways. Here I have used the tri-axle pivot to operate it. The whole thing builds up onto a 5½ x 2½ inch flanged plate nicely.
|New reversing switch is a vast improvement|
|Another view of the switch may help if you are following this project|
|The insulated gap is filled with a section of plastic rod|
That all seems to work well. Testing over, all I need now is a body and to neaten up the wiring. I will show the finished thing soon...