2 trains on 1 loop

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by clyde.rupert, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. clyde.rupert

    clyde.rupert New Member

    I've got 2 trains on 1 loop. I have blocks set up where I can turn off block power by a switch to stop a train from running into the one in front of it. I would like to automate this with reed switches or some other type of sensors.

    Can anyone provide me some direction or send me to a link that tells how to do this?


  2. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    DCC I think is your only option.
  3. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    I would think you could do this by having your reed switches operate a relay or electronic circuit to shut off or reduce the power on the previous block.
  4. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    That was done in a magazine article a few years back, and the guy cut power to half for the train in back if it reached the block before the lead train.
  5. clyde.rupert

    clyde.rupert New Member


    Good point. I did some timing schemes and I think it will work well. All I need to do is get the reed switch to turn off the power to that block for 40 seconds and everything looks fine on paper.

    Now, how do I find the items to do this (switch? relay? circuit ? )

    Can you lead me anywhere ?

  6. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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