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.037" Diameter Throwbar Wire For Tortoise™ Switch Machines


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The wire that should have been included with your Tortoise switch machine!

The wire included with Tortoise switch machines is 0.022" in diameter. While this works OK for commercial turnouts that have not been installed and ballasted, it can be a bit flimsy for hand laid switches once installed and ballasted.

This wire is 0.037" in diameter and is the perfect size for hand laid switches. It will transmit ample power from the switch machine to the switch points but is not so strong that it damages the throwbar. This size wire can be challenging to find, and usually, a compromise has to be made, resulting in wire that is too stiff and can break the solder joints at the throwbar.

Each piece is 12" long.

Important Note: Do not cut this wire to length using your Rail Cutters! Be sure to use a hardened pair of side cutters instead.

14 reviews for .037" Diameter Throwbar Wire For Tortoise™ Switch Machines

  1. 5 out of 5

    David Sullivan (verified owner)

    Much better than the wire that comes with the Tortoise machines. Like its sturdiness.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Dobbs (verified owner)

    I use the Tortoise below the track by about 2.5 inches. The wire that came with the switch machine had no chance of throwing my HO scale #5 and #6 switches. These wires have the strength to throw the switch. It is wonderful that Fast Tracks caries these "accessories" for the wonderful turnout building jigs.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gary Dietzel (verified owner)

    I purchased this wire for my Tortoise switch machines because parts of my layout base are 2" thick and wanted a stronger wire to operate them. I like that the wires are 12" long so I can get the length I need to operate the turn outs along with the larger diameter.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kimpton (verified owner)

    Had lost a couple of Tortoise throwbar wires whilst constructing a new model railway, searched the internet and found .037" throwbar wire. In operation the Tortoise operation is much more positive and somewhat better than the original supplied wire. Glad I found them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    William Bly (verified owner)

    This product has worked for me just fine. I wanted to make a manual throw for my N scale turnouts. I was able to craft a spring from this material and will use it make custom throw bars to connect to a manual lever. The size is perfect and the material can be formed to the shape needed and remains rigid where appropriate.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alain Turcotte (verified owner)

    much better than that provided by tortoise

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ian Heaphy (verified owner)

    Perfect. I needed an extra 1/4 inch and slightly thicker than the Tortoise wire. It's straight, unlike the local piano wire.

  8. 5 out of 5

    James Henry (verified owner)

    Worked exactly as described.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Edwards (verified owner)

    Needed a heavier wire for my Tortoise switches. This works perfectly! Thank you!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wayne Reid (verified owner)

    Nice throw bar wire. Used it tot replace the throw bar wire on my Walthers switch machines. Throw bar wire that came with them was way to big in diameter and too stiff.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paul Underwood (verified owner)

    More positive a throw than the thinner wire that comes with the Tortoise.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Walter Muren

    I have built 30 switch machines and now I want to buy 30 Throwbar Wire For Tortoise™ Switch Machines.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Delmar Champion (verified owner)

    These were perfect for going through 2 inches of foam to my Peco switches.

  14. 5 out of 5

    W. Kennedy Gauger (verified owner)

    I have over 40 Tortoise switch machines for all of my Fast Tracks turnout. The 0.037” wire works GREAT. The Tortoises vary from 2 ½” to 2 ¾” below the turnout. This throwbar wire works great. I’ve heard that for some commercial turnouts it is inadequate. I wonder how the 0.037” wire will work if there is a foam layer above the wood base. Perhaps something stiffer might be required. Thanks for making this product available and recommending it. Sincerely, Kennedy

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