More on Bob’s hoist

I do love it when a post causes a stir. And that’s just what Bob’s did. (You can see it here.)

Now here’s his follow up.

“Hi Al,

here are a few more pictures, here is the hoist i used (david howarth wanted to know)

This is a piece of metal i used for support

This is the underside that shows i used (3) 2×6 for support and which i used to lift it with.

These are the two remotes that i used to control the motors one does the two front and the other does the two back motors (i could not figure out how to use one for all of them so i just push both buttons at the same time.

This shows the safety chains i use in each corner when it is in the raised position (just in case) and some of the material i used for lifting.

thanks bob.”

Big thanks to Bob for sharing!

Now have a look at the ebay cheat sheet. Still going strong!



18 responses to “More on Bob’s hoist”

  1. A good idea put to good use , thanks for showing Bob

  2. David R says:

    I have had many good tips from your readers and I would like to give one in return.
    Like many good ideas, this one came by accident. To create craggy rock surface on polystyrene, spray lightly with spray paint. It will dissolve the polystyrene in a irregular shape which creates a realistic rock surface.

    Happy modelling,
    David R

  3. Duwayne Virnig says:

    I had the same Ideas for that system, out in My garage;
    5′ X 16′ ; or slightly smaller down in Our lower level.

  4. LeRoy Karr says:

    What hoists did you use?

  5. Bedros Anserian says:

    Thanks Bob.
    The best solution for wide plans and small rooms.

  6. James E. Good says:

    They are chicago winches !! Can buy at any Harbor Freight store !! James

  7. Ralph Berry says:

    What a great system. Good solution and seems to work well according to the video and well thought out.

  8. great idea passed it on to a mate.

  9. Andy says:

    I would love to see a video of the hoist in action!

  10. sundaram says:

    I agree with David’s comment on painting polystyrene. This happened even when I brush painted the polystyrene with oil paint. Especially excessive thinner will create tiny holes in them

  11. sundaram says:

    Dear Bob,

    Fantastic idea for those with space constraint. I was contemplating on a pulley system (manually operated ) to save cost. But the issue was to hoist them little at a time and one side at a time.

  12. bob says:

    hi sundaram, i tried to lift each end with manual block and tackle but i had to make sure that all the trains were in a special location to balance out the platform and it did not work well. so i.put a lift on each end and it works great. thanks for the comment.

  13. Don says:

    Someone who is just starting might look at a garage door opener. John Armstrong designed a layout for me about 25 years ago, and we used the opener. There is a write-up of the layout by John in MODEL RR Magazine. The drawing for the lift has a slight error easily corrected by running the ceiling lift points to a common point so the table will stay level as lifted. Obviously requires only one set of controls and far less expensive than multiple motors etc

  14. Hugh says:

    Sweet lift setup. . I had a smaller layout and used 4 pulley’s and a adjustable counter weight . Thanks to Al and everyone who’s shared.

  15. Keith Miller says:

    That video of the lift in action was amazing. Surprised (and impressed) that all four motors lifted at the same rate. I had to re-run the video several times – it is so cool to watch! Thanks for the follow up photos on how you connected the lift cables to the model itself, but how on earth did those little screws in the ceiling take the weight? (Is there another fixing up there which we cannot see?)
    Also, my wife wondered how you reach across such a wide model to work – is there room to get round the back? You have a brilliant method of getting underneath to do the wiring without crouching in a confined space!
    (BTW, I searched for ‘Chicago electric hoist 40765’ – each one costs about a hundred dollars in the USA, and can lift 440lbs.)
    Regards, Keith

  16. John Deck says:

    I showed my wife his video,was her response was NO! You are still working on trying to get your corner of the Dining Room. This came from an article that as was written in Toy Train Collector years ago. In it the author suggested that you take over the dining room by just building in one corner at a time, then connecting the corners. Her comment was something like “IT DIDN’T WORK THEM, IT STILL WON’T”. This is all in good fun nothing nasty.

  17. Ramsey Arnold says:

    Love to see “engineering” in action. Thanks. Did wonder about ceiling recess .
    Require dropped ceiling over bed (our what have you)?


  18. Al says:

    Very good! While my application may vary due to location and height of landscape on train board… gave me a good starting point! Thanks

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