AC Power supplies for switches

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Big Al Slyde, Oct 2, 2001.

  1. Big Al Slyde

    Big Al Slyde New Member

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    Help... I need to run approximately 18 remote switches for the Avalanche & Little Park R.R. I'm not sure what type of power source to use. Or where to get it? Ideas, please.
  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

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    Hi Big Al, Some food for thought,my layout has a couple of switches in hidden staging areas. Not wanting to try to replace these when the motors burn out or whatever I used automotive choke cables. Works like a charm, first time every time. Also a heck of a lot cheaper then switch machines. I manually throw the switches in the scenic areas. Cheaper yet and you never have to tear up your scenery fixing busted switches.
    Tyson Rayles CEO- Nantahala Midland
  3. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

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    Power supply

    Big Al,

    I have a twin controller (2 * 12 VDC with controllers) and that has a 17 AC 1.6 AMP output as well that I use for turnouts. However the 1.6 AMPS is only enough to switch 3 turnouts on the same circuit (ie at once) I have a 4 turnout crossover, (plus other turnouts of course) and it is not enough to power all 4 turnout motors on the same circuit, so had to break it into 2 lots of 2. I have not yet put in a capacitor discharge unit, nor any switches. Just touch the wires together briefly. Any transformer with 17 V AC output of at least 1.6 AMPS should be sufficient for your tunouts. Maybe obtained from and electrnics store? I'm using Peco trunouts with the Peco (PL-10, I think) turnout solenoid switches.