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train_guy2511

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« on: June 21, 2019, 12:06:08 AM »

hello once again to all!!! i will be adding several turnouts to new layout, i will be buying the remote switches, dcc is to expensive. i saw on youtube how to connect wires to switch boxes, but then saw they had to coonect i believe the red wire to the dc on dc controller. question now is, do i need to buy a dc controller? i already have the bachmann dcc controller, will it be able to operate the turnouts.  thnx Smiley
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Len

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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2019, 12:38:11 AM »

For the non-DCC turnouts you'll need a 14 - 16 volt power supply rated for at least 1 amp. It doesn't matter if the output is AC or DC, the turnouts will operate on either. An old trainset power pack, or heavy duty "wall wart", will work nicely.

Len
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If at first you don't succeed, throw it in the spare parts box.
rich1998

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2019, 11:04:54 AM »

Welcome.

Our club usd a CDI, capacitive discharge unit to prevent burning out a coil.
Happened once many years ago. Back in the 80's I think. The points hung up on a turnout and someone pushed the switch too long so we put the CDI in. It was a job to replace the turnout.
A Circuitron Snapper can do the job. Your choice.
AC off a Bachmann pack is what many use but DC will work.
You can build a CDI with a capacitor and a couple resistors. Circuits online.
Have fun.
We really like the Tortoise.

Rich
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