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RailCrew HO Switch machine
The RailCrew series of products will revolutionize the way modellers design and operate their model railroads. The range of HO Scale layout accessories initially comprises a Switch Machine with Rotating Target and a very clever ON-OFF Uncoupler that eliminates unintended uncoupling wherever it is positioned.
RailCrew products will be available through all regular Rapido retailers and direct (multi-packs only).
Most of your questions will be answered by watching our handy-dandy “How to” video!

The RailCrew Switch Machine with Rotating Target is the only hidden switch machine guaranteed to turn heads after you install it on your layout. As well as the machine itself, it comes with three different WORKING injection plastic moulded switch stands and ten different photo-etched metal targets based on most major North American railroad designs. The target (and optional, non-working lantern – two styles!) actually rotates just like the real thing. Yes, you read that correctly. The unit also comes complete with SPDT auxiliary contacts to power frogs and signals.
This innovative new product features:
Compact 1 1/8″(28.5mm) diameter x 1″ (25mm) height
Easy to install on existing layouts
Museum-quality switch stands with rotating targets
Racor 17B (tall), 31B (tall) and 20C (low) switch stands ALL included!
Momentary 12V DC power – power numerous machines off of one power supply.
Strong enough to throw and hold the points but it won’t break them
SPDT auxiliary contacts to power frogs and signals
Low-profile, compact design – it’s really tiny!
Work with all layout types, including multi-deck and portable layouts
Available in singles, 6-packs or 12-packs
Switch stands and targets also available separately
The switch machine works by moving the throwbar to your points, just like the real thing. And the target rotates, just like the real thing. This is ideal for shoulder- and eye-height layouts where you can’t necessarily see which way the points are set. It also looks AMAZING on any layout!
The mechanism is barely the thickness of your subroadbed, which is a massive step up from the bulky machines on the market today. This makes our switch machine ideal for multi-deck layouts, even with the tightest vertical clearances. We know we’ll never unseat the Tortoise as the biggest-selling switch machine, but WE WANT TO BE NUMBER TWO!
You can easily add an accessory decoder to our Switch Machine, and you can order the switch stands separately.
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James Gerrard
Mar 28, 2018
This customer purchased the item at our site.
I waited about a year for these switch machine to be manufactured and as it has turned out it was well worth it. I like them so much I am replacing all my other switch controllers the hand throws, the blue ones and some 1965 double action devices not to mention any names. I hand laid my track rails with 4 spikes per each tie and custom built all the view-able turnouts. So my turnouts are a bit stiffer then the store bought switches and these little RailCrew machines operate as if my switches were store bought. The keeper magnets keep the rails together so tight I don’t need the rail jumper wires, on my DCC layout. The provided wiring hardware is great you don’t need to keep thinking right side up or down. With the wiring plug connector being so simple if you plug in a wire in the wrong location it is very easy to move it. The look of the wiring installation is the same under or over the top of your bench work. In some cases I find it easier to wire up everything above the bench work then slide the motor into position.
I think these RailCrew switch machines are number 1 not number 2 as they hope. I highly recommend these machines to everyone out there. And the best place to purchase is Bills Trains and Track can’t say enough about how great the company is.

Advantages: The other items I really like is the provided momentary switch which is all wired up so no cross wire soldering needed. The additional hardware provided is great and if you mess up a throw or whatever you have spares. They have provided everything (including signals) you need and then some for a 100% complete installation.

Disadvantages: The only thing the RailCrew machines don’t have over the green machines is the slow motion action. The green's/turquoise's are always electrically hot which I don’t like and use a lot of energy not doing anything other than keeping the switch rails in position. In my opinion unless you are standing right there watching the switch you will never see the slow mo anyways. So I like the momentary action of these RailCrew machines. I can wire up all my 40 switches with just one small 12 volt transformer and not have to worry about the hot switches.
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