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Product Information

All Caboose Industries ground throws are molded of strong, self-lubricating black Delrin.  An external cam provides maximum life and travel for each model.  The ingenious design provides a positive lock in both straight and curved directions of throw, effective from 10° above horizontal to the full down position.  A detent assists in holding the handle horizontal for installation purposes.


Caboose Industries ground throws are useful in a variety of scales and applications.  All Caboose Industries ground throws are available in sprung and rigid configurations.


Sprung ground throws (Series 200S) feature two internal stainless steel springs to take up the overtravel and maintain tension upon switchpoints against the turnout stock rail.  The springs are preloaded to a 6-ounce force, assisting in good electrical contact between points and stock rail and aiding in turnout installation.


Rigid ground throws (Series 100R) are fully-functioning stands that require the hobbyist to supply a spring link between the slidebar and turnout throwbar.  Rigid models are recommended when the ground throw must be mounted some distance from the turnout; normally, ground throw motion is transmitted via a spring wire running through a tube to the turnout mechanism.


Download an Excel spreadsheet listing the proper Caboose Industries model for popular turnout brands. or visit the Selection Guide.

Standard Ground Throws

Caboose Industries standard ground throws are designed for direct connection to the turnout through a pin on the slide bar.  They are available with three different amounts of slidebar travel:  .190" for HO and S scale, .280" for O, and .135" for N, in both sprung and rigid configurations.


Installation instructions for standard ground throws

Standard Ground Throws With Selectable End Fittings

These Caboose Industries ground throws include a shim to raise the stand to tie level and five different end fittings for connection to most commercially manufactured turnouts:  a hook end for Atlas, blade for Roco, hole for PECO, small round pin for Micro Engineering, and round pin for Shinohara and others.   They are available with  .165" travel for HO and N in both sprung and rigid configurations, and with .135" travel for N scale code 55 turnouts.


Instructions for attaching end fittings

Ground Throws With Contact

Caboose Industries offers ground throws with SPDT (Single-Pole Double-Throw) contacts suitable to power a turnout frog, signaling system, or relay coil.


Assembly instructions for 220S, 119R, and 224S

Ground Throw With Operating Low Level Target

These Caboose Industries ground throws have an operating target and the numbers 1 thru 9 included so yard tracks can be numbered.  The ground throw is assembled ready for use and ABS Target parts are included for the modeler to assemble the display.


Assembly instructions for 210S and 109R

Hi-Level Switch Stand

These Caboose Industries operating Hi-level switch stands are patterned after the type used by the Milwaukee Road and many other railroads.   A connector receptacle on either end of the slide bar permits selective mounting positions for the most favorable handle swing.  180° handle rotation turns the target 90° through small gears.  Six paintable, bondable ABS targets – including a lantern and a square/diamond – are included, along with enough .025" diameter (#22) wire rod for an eight-foot-high target.  Targets can be made to operate from below the table on electrically controlled turnouts.


Assembly instructions for 204S and 103R

Remote spring for Rigid Throws

This remote spring can be used with Caboose Industries rigid throws so point pressure is provided against the stock rails.   Made of brass spring wire with guide tube. For use with rigid throws. Length is 12 inches and is designed to be shortened.

Caboose Hobbies products are available at most hobby shops and online model railroad retailers.  Or you may order direct from our online store.

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