are handmade turnouts a problem

Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by farmer ron, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. farmer ron

    farmer ron Member

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    With the layout progressing quite well, old time logging theme, I am now at the point of seriously considering going to DCC in purchasing a digitrax system. On the layout I have several hand made turnouts that work good and have had no problems on a DC system. My question is: can they be used on a DCC system or will I have to alter them some way (and how). They are #4 & 6's with power routed frogs. Thanks in advance for your input..Ron..
  2. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Hi Ron, If your points are wired to be the same polarity as their adjacent stock rails you should be all set. This means the frog is isolated from the points as well as the diverging routes. Power the frog with a microswitch or equivalent, as you probably have done. Turnouts just don't get more DCC friendly than that!

    Gary
  3. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

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    Hi,
    I use Peco "Electrofrog" turnouts on my DCC, and they're wired just the same as on my old analog layout (plastic joiners on the frog rails). Haven't had any problems, and don't expect to.

    Good luck!

    Gus.