Tortise switches

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by rguyett, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. rguyett

    rguyett Member

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    Does anyone know about these switches you are suppose to be able to hook up light sfor your turnout controls so when the switch is in one postion a light indicates which way its going
    they are suppose to have extra terminals for lights
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    There are extra connections that have internal switches for controlling lights or frog wiring.
    I used the alternate method of putting a pair of light emitting diodes in series with the motor -- wire a red and green in opposite directions.
    (I blew an LED by having the turnout power on while I did the wiring -- when I touched the soldering iron to it, it went ZIP.)
    If you need more info, I can dig out the instructions.
  3. rguyett

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    Thats what i was tol that there was extra connections for lights but in the meantime i also found out that acme also has switches that walthers sell that do the same thing so i think i will order one and see if i like it.
    The led's you suggest are a problem for me cause evrytime i use led 's i screw it up and blow them
    I will let you know if the amce switches work like i hope if not i may have to take you up on your offer for plans to use leds
    thanks for the come back