Re: Controlling power (0n/Off) in Staging Yard Tracks

george hohon3

You can find almost any amp rating you need for a rotary switch at any good electronics parts store.  Mine have been in service for over ten years and they have been perfectly reliable in all those years.


From: <> on behalf of Don Vollrath <donevol43@...>
Sent: Monday, August 5, 2019 9:25 AM
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Subject: Re: [w4dccqa] Controlling power (0n/Off) in Staging Yard Tracks
Advisable? Yes. At least add the isolating gaps to do so. A toggle switch per track is the easy way. Most rotary switches don't have the amp rating for track power and may become unreliable. 
Necessary? Maybe. DCC locos (even ones with sound) don't really consume that much track power when idle. But lighted passenger cars can/do. Turnning power off makes the sometimes annoying sound go off and positively prevents any unwanted/mistaken locomotion.


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