MOLE SWITCH MACHINES
NOW CHOOSE BETWEEN THE SIDE ARM MOLE I,
and the new
SHALLOW DEPTH, EASY MOUNT MOLE II
(and its optional ROTATING SWITCH STAND)
(approximate size comparison as shown)
THE MOLE is a powerful stall motor SWITCH MACHINE, with a built in SPDT Frog Power Switch, that can be mounted and used in an almost identical manner to the larger "Traditional" Switch Machines, but is supplied in a much smaller package, and at a much lower price!
"I AM A MOLE AND I LIVE IN A HOLE"
Much more importantly, the Mole has several major additional INCLUDED features, the first of which allows it to be simply horizontally mounted flush into the top of the baseboard for much easier access and connection. It's even ideally sized to fit completely within the new standard modern 2" foam baseboard construction.
Using it's new unique "vertically adjustable extended side arm", it can be located directly by (and now a little lower than) its turnout - OR - Conveniently REMOTELY surface or hidden mounted, driving the turnout invisibly from as much as several feet away, via one of our wire in tube linkages.
The new "Double Action" feature of the Extended Arm, with its multiple holes at both ends, also allows a single Mole to operate several linked turnouts, and/or signals together. These include crossovers, slips, etc., which have throwbars, levers, etc., which need to be SIMULTANEOUSLY "PUSHED" AND "PULLED" IN BOTH FORWARD AND REVERSE DIRECTIONS.
Other (included) unique features include a two step adjustable throw distance and, if sited remotely, easy transmission of frog power via the inner wire in the "wire in tube" remote linkage.
(Layout installation picture - Courtesy of Dr. Robert Sterner)
And for those who still prefer to crawl under their baseboards, ;) , the mole can be mounted and used in the same way and place as larger motors, but of course, takes up far less space and depth.
Both the MOLE I and the MOLE II operate from switched +/- 12 v DC at nominal 30 mA stall current, using the 2 x 200 Ohm resistors (included). That means they can be operated from exactly the same (or existing) 12v supply and DPDT switches as traditional larger stall motors. Note they are NOT intended to be operated at higher or lower voltages, NOR should either MOLE ever be used without the included two resistors in series.
Click on the MOLE SWITCH MACHINE GUIDE for the illustrated option and assembly details.