Older Shinohara Turnouts

Brian Eiland

Hi George Galyon,
You seem to be a rather expert on these Shinohara crossovers, so I thought I would double check with you.

I have 2 older style DOUBLE crossovers, and 4 older style SINGLE crossovers,....all of them have the 'double crossbar features'.

I had sought to utilize one of the DOUBLES at a particular spot on my layout,...and I had read your excellent PDF on Allan's DCC site about making this turnout work in DCC mode WITHOUT significant modifications.

I have now found that I have room to install 2 in-line SINGLE crossovers instead of the DOUBLE. I believe it would be safer/less troublesome down the road if I utilized this 'singles' configuration rather than the 'double'?

Are there modifications needed on these singles to use in DCC?...or modifications that might be recommended??

Regards, Brian

George Galyon

You can use a Shinohara double crossover on a DCC layout without any modifications.  See article on "double crossovers" on "Wiring for DCC" web site.  The article is a little hard to find.  You can google "Wiring for HO double crossovers Tutorial"-G.T. Galyon and it should pop up for you. 


George’s article on double crossover’s is at:



Wiring For DCC


Allan Gartner