Servo v. Tortoises


Mark Kasprowicz
 

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


Mike Conder
 

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 <mark@...> 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


Bill Lugg
 

I, too, am a member of MERG (https://www.merg.org.uk/merg_kitlocker/)
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 <mark@...
<mailto:mark@...>> 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


Mark Kasprowicz
 

I am relieved that I am not the only one finding much of it over my head! But some of the projects and of course their kits are well worth the membership and there's always the hope that a blinding light of understanding will one day home in on me - but I'm not holding my breath!

Mark K


Alan
 

For those interested in servo operation for turnouts and other things take a look at the EZYBUS from MERG. I have been using it now for about a year and I really like it. PCB boards are small in size and easy to solder. The little stand alone system is easy to setup and it allows you to make adjustments to each servo. NO DCC required either.  Not expensive either!   Go to the MERG.uk site and read up on it. Decide for yourself!

Happy Holidays

Regards - Alan ( CVP PRODUCTS retired! )