Re: Servo v. Tortoises

Bill Lugg

I, too, am a member of MERG (
and yes, I believe you do have to be a member to order.  I've been
thoroughly satisfied with everything I've ordered from them.  I run MERG
boosters off my NCE DCC system and MERG DCOs (electronic circuit
breakers).  I'm currently assembling a command station (CANCAB) and the
other parts necessary to put together a DCC test track I can can
interface JMRI to for loco speed matching off the layout.

Their forum is extremely helpful - it's like an Open Source community
for model railroad electronics.  To be honest, most of it is way over my
head, but I still reading through the quarterly journals and benefiting
from the Tech Bulletins and other resources they offer.

Bill Lugg

On 12/1/21 11:07 AM, Mike Conder wrote:
Very interesting, do you have to be a member to get the controller
kits?  Would love to learn more about them.

And love your new railroad name ... 😁😁

Mike Conder

On Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 10:58 AM Mark Kasprowicz <
<>> wrote:

Like many I installed Tortoise turnout motors from the first time
I saw them in operations - mmmmdiddly years ago. Recently I wanted
to change the track layout at the back of my RR and didn't fancy
crawling around trying to get the things installed underneath. So
I decided to try surface mounted 9g servos using tube and wire
control. I joined a UK organisation MERG which specialises in
model RR electronics and bought kits for servo controllers each
powering four plus the servo setting controller. You have to build
these youself BTW, involves soldering. Installed, aka glued in
place, I can adjust the throw and the speed, something you cannot
do with a Tortoise. and they are cheap. So my upcoming East German
NG layout centred aound a sausage making town in Saxony - 'The
Wurst Railway' - will have turnouts and signals powered with servos.

Mark K

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