Newbie question-switches

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by procol68, Apr 20, 2005.

  1. procol68

    procol68 New Member

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    I'm wanting my turnout switches to be automatic when the train passes over prior to the switch. How would this be achieved? Is there a cetain type of switch (throw switch) and light activation (ie photocell)? How would this get wired in? PLEASE HELP!![​IMG]
  2. 77railer

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    Are you using dcc or dc? And if it is dcc what system?

    77Railer
  3. procol68

    procol68 New Member

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    newbie

    I'm just using dc for now, until I get the whole setup complete and gather more info on dcc. Not sure if my current engines are dcc compatable, and I'm trying to build up a section at a time.
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Procol...

    The short answer is yes, it is do-able, and there are a variety of ways. However, you will need someone with more electronics know-how than I to give you the details.

    Someone will be along soon, so sit tight!

    Andrew
  5. procol68

    procol68 New Member

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    Thanks!

    Thanks! I appreciate all the help I can get. This place is great!;)
  6. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    You can do what you want with s sensor switch somewhere. Photo-electric is one way, a magnetic-activated reed switch, like what you would find on a door security system, would be another. Whatever you do, just be sure it provides a short pulse to the switch coil or it will burn out. They are not made for sustained operation. You might also want to put in a manual switch to maybe override the automatic one, or disable it. There is another discussion here in the tech forum regarding the use of reed switches as a sensor for mimic panels.

    Just a few first thoughts, maybe someone else will have done this and can comment first hand.:D