HELP needed ..to select turnouts for DCC???
I just found this group and I think maybe I can get a "straight"
Today I'm in the process of installing the track for my 6'x14' DCC
powered HO layout.
My "KUNFUSION" is understanding just what type of turnouts I need to use.
Can I use what I now have: 8 Peco SL-E91 "electrofrog" and 2 Shinohara
Non of these turnouts have any sort of insulated gaps.
The instructions say that they can be used without modifications...BUT
... almost everything I have read say that they "MUST" be modified to
work with DCC.
I really want to keep things "KISS" simple and use manual throws if
OK.. can someone tell me the "facts" about these turnouts and just
what must I do to get them working correctly???
ALSO: If someone would send me your phone number, off line, I'd love
to chat with you at my expense.
Please and thank you for your help.
Visit my website at: http://www.wiringfordcc.com/switches.htm There
you can get instructions for both Peco and Shinohara.
Now that there are DCC friendly turnouts available from
Walthers/Shinohara, I would just go with those and not bother
modifying the turnouts you have. It's easier to do that and sell the
ones you have on eBay.
--- In WiringForDCC@..., "wirefordcc"
Thanks for the reply.
I went to the Walthers page and the only DCC friendly are code 83.
I need code 100. Soooo, I guess I'm out of luck.
Well back to my original problem... Just what is the least I need to
do to make my Peco's work?
I have looked at your web pages many times and I'm still not sure what
to do or not to do!!
Can I use the Peco's just as they are? If so what will be the downside
of using them?
Man, I thought DCC was the way to go... but.. now I'm not so sure ;-(
Thanks again for your help.
I'm not sure what you are looking for. The instructions for the
electrofrog are at: http://www.wiringfordcc.com/switches_peco.htm#a2
The Peco electrofrog is basically DCC friendly. There isn't much you
have to do.
In your earlier posting, you asked about using manual turnout
control. That is covered at:
http://www.wiringfordcc.com/switches.htm#a14 The approached covered
here works pretty good for our manual ground throws. We got a little
smarter since the phoots were taken. Be sure to heed the suggestion
that says run the grain of the top piece of wood lengthwise. This is