Re: Emergency stop button -- IMHO
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I'm always amazed by the trait held by a great majority of model railroaders that causes them to by pass the "keep it simple stupid" principle and they go off and try to complicate things. From track road sub-base, to switch machines, to scenery, and everything in between, there is someone out there that has a better, faster, less expensive way to do something. It never fails.
As for turning the power off to the layout room, the discussion has gotten so complicated, one might think we're talking about launching some sort of man eating robotic device that needs to be rendered useless if we're called for dinner. I like to eat just as much as the next guy, but I hardly call it an "emergency" and if you're in a position that you must consider it so . . . you might want to evaluate your relationship with the dinner maker.
KISS - I have three (3) lighted 15 amp switches on the exterior wall of the layout room, right next to the door. More than enough power to run a decent sized HO layout. If the switch lights are 'ON' . . . the room has power. If the switch lights are 'OFF' . . . the room has no power.
Keeping it Simple
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2014 21:10:06 -0600
Subject: Re: [WiringForDCC] Emergency stop button -- IMHO
Consider this switch on the wall plug side of the layout. Note that the hot and neutral wires are both connected to the switch itself.
How it works: The "ON" button is a momentary contact, normally open switch which activates a built in solid state relay when pressed. That relay connects the wall plug to your layout. To shut everything down, press "STOP" which disconnects a momentary contact normally closed switch to deactivate the built in relay.
These switches are sold primarily into the power tool market - table saws etc.
Woodstock D4160 110-Volt Paddle Switch by Woodstock http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005W17HYY/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_1Ncatb0CV9N0N
On Feb 15, 2014, at 11:32 AM, Ed S <eschwerkolt@...> wrote: