Track Accessories (2 of 3)
Classification of the various kinds of accessories isn't always clear. For example, the TM Guide calls the #26810 Pow-R-Clips an Electrical Accessory, but the various Track Terminals that serve the identical function are called Track Accessories. I deviate from TM by listing the Pow-R-Clips as a Track Accessory.

In The Gilbert Gallery, Track Accessories either are mounted on the track or connect track (i.e., track locks). Electrical Accessories are whistle and horn controllers, the Lockout Eliminator, wire, rectifiers, circuit breakers, and the like. The Reverse Loop Relay and Kit defy definition and are listed both places. Accessories that are integral with track (e.g., track pins and rerailers) are listed with
Track & Switches. Track Ballast is another anomaly, listed both here and in Landscape Accessories. Semaphores, gates, and crossing signals are Operating Accessories. Track cleaning fluid is included among Supplies.

The Track Accessories are split up over three web pages:
                       #27 through #698 are
page 1
                       #704 through #713 are on this page
                       #728 and above are on
page 3

Unless otherwise specified, the pictures on this page are from the collection of The Upstairs Train.

If you have a picture that you would like to share with the world of any of the Track Accessories not shown here (or a better picture of one that is shown!), email them to me: theupstairstrain@yahoo.com. Click
here for a list of the  pictures I need to complete the Gallery.

#704 Manual Uncoupler made in 1949 thru 1959.
#705 Remote Control Uncoupler made in 1946 & 1947.
Black housing mounted on a straight track section with black rails.
(Picture courtesy of
Mike Battaglia.)
#706 Remote Control Uncoupler with metal body made in 1947 thru 1956.
It was also made in green.
#707 Track Terminal
made in 1946 thru 1959.

It is used with a semaphore,
or in some other situation that requires connection to only one rail.
#710 Automatic Track Section with two inside contact rails made in 1946 & 1947.
Operating cars made in 1946 had an inside power pickup like this.
The two inside rails of the #710 Automatic Track Section provided power to these contacts under car.

#711 Mail Pickup with two inside rails for contacts made in 1946.
It's similar to the #713 Special Rail Section below,
but has two inside rails like the #710 Automatic Track Section above rather than the outside rail of the #713.
#712 Automatic Track Rail made in 1947 thru 1957.
It was sold with a variety of operating boxcars, flatcars, and hopper cars.
Here it is with the #971 Lumber Unloading flatcar.
The car gets one side of its power from the rail connected to the transformer's Base Post.
The other side comes from the #712 Automatic Track Rail via a finger sticking out from one truck.
The wire connnects to the operating button that comes with the car.
To operate one of these cars, stop the train with the car's finger on the #712 Automatic Track Rail and
push the button.
#713 Special Rail Section made in 1947 thru 1958.  It was sold with the #718 and #918 Mail Cars.
It's identical to the #712 Automatic Track Rail except that it has an arm sticking up
to hold a mail bag for the passing mail car to pick up.
Behind it is the mail bag catcher my dad and I made from my Erector Set when I was a kid.
Unlike the other operating cars, the mail cars operate with the train moving.
The Mail Car tosses one mail bag out and grabs another off the #713 pickup arm as it passes by.

It's a wonderul thing to watch!

Notice the power pick-up finger extending out from the truck as it does on the flatcar above.

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The books I am using for reference are listed in the
Bibliography page.  All the writing and all the pictures on this website are, however, my own, except where cited.  No copyrighted materials have been included and all pictures provided by others are used by permission.

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