Re: Emergency stop button -- Annuder Variant

george hohon3

This thread has gotten so far off it's original track I think it's approaching some sort of internet record for going into a death spiral.  At the rate of current responses, I think my delete key is just about ready to cry "Uncle" . . .


To: WiringForDCC@...
From: john.p.dunn@...
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:36:03 -0800
Subject: Re: [WiringForDCC] Emergency stop button -- Annuder Variant


Guys, I have tried and I can not attach a PDF page to this page but look up Carlton-Bates Company , page 160 of their 2013 catalog for Solid State Relays.
   You can find these relays in any surplus shop for cheap. They handle a lot or a little amperage. You could put them behind a receptacle in a deep surface mounted box with a cord on it and a low voltage input to activate the relay. You can activate or deactivate your layout with low voltage. My club uses a Key and an indicator. An RCA jack makes a simple key OR a 2 way, 3 way, 4 way, etc. switch could connect or disconnect a layout from a number of positions.

Hope I helped

From: Ed S
To: WiringForDCC@...
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2014 3:33 PM
Subject: RE: [WiringForDCC] Emergency stop button -- Annuder Variant


Yes it is great how we digress, but fun to do on a snowy day.

Let me respond:

Motion detector....  yessssss  if no motion the whole thing goes to
sleep... like a dead mans switch...  being retired I do nod off now
and then..  great to wake up and everything is where you left it. No
corn field meets.

Seriously, I just want to turn off all  the power quickly  if
something bad happens. I can't run to the other end of the layout anymore.

Building code:  In Ohio as long as any electrical item is plugged
into a wall outlet, anything you do beyond that is your problem. If
you hard wire into a circuit then everything has to be in conduit and boxes.

I plan to plug into a dedicated circuit that has a 10amp circuit
breaker in the service panel with one "custom made heavy extension
cord" to my kill switch  .... then branch out with power strips for

My bedroom is above the basement layout and I do not want to wake up
with smoke in my room.

If I am pulling more then 10 amps with this layout, then something
will have to go, on a fixed income I can't afford the electricity.

Ed S

At 12:13 PM 2/13/2014, you wrote:
>Interesting how the discussion in a forum sways back and forth.
>What Ed seemed to want was a mushroom head e-stop button to
>disconnect all power to the layout, maybe one with multiple
>stations. Not sure why he wanted it but it is his RR. Seemed to
>already have found one on e-bay.
> From there it diverged into using D-I-Y relays (some at 120V no
> less) or the commercially available X-10 controls or even the 'clapper'.
>Then a note or two about killing only the DCC track power.
>Then several methods of built-in e-stop features of various brand
>'throttles' to stop a locomotive and/or possibly all DCC track voltage.
>Then to using a single switch to control not only the layout, but
>also room lighting.
>Soon we will be discussing using cannibalized IR motion detectors
>from an outdoor light fixture to automatically kill whole room power
>when leaving for grandma's house. (Or was that on a different forum?)
>Someone opens the door and the ideas just pour in! Enjoy.
>Please don't fiddle with 120Vac power wiring (220V for you guys down
>under) unless you really know what you are doing, and your local
>inspector and insurance company agrees.


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