Easy and quick question

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by vilefileman, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. vilefileman

    vilefileman Member

    I am going to buy some toggle switches for my n scale switches. Do I need:

  2. webmaster

    webmaster Member

    Depends what your using them for?
  3. vilefileman

    vilefileman Member


    To make my switches (which have 3 wires) move back and forth? I was using those little black square boxes that you slide and push, but they are annoying.

  4. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Get the On/Off/ON. Never keep the switches to the on side or it will burnout the coils in the swithces. Just touch them to the on then immediately to off. I don't like them for Atlas switches as it is to easy to accidently turn one on and that ends the switch coils. That is why Atlas has the push buttons.
  5. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Most people use the "Double Pole Double Throw Center Off" type for wiring blocks.
    You need the momentary type for turnout machines.
  6. vilefileman

    vilefileman Member


    Ok , now you really confused me. Why would I need the Double pull Double Center(Six leads!) if I only have 3 wires? What does every here use?

  7. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    SPDT (ON) OFF (ON) momentary toggle switches. :thumb:
    Will only mentioned the DPDT switches for setting up blocks.
  8. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Sorry for the confusion. :oops:
    I mentioned both types as there are two systems of wiring for your layout. Three is you want accessories or lighting.

    1. track block wiring - DP-DT-CO
    2. turnout switching - SP-DT-CO
    3. accessories/lights - SP-ST

    Sorry again. :thumb:
  9. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    V: Very important if you use them for switches is that it be momentary and center off. If the switch is left on for a length of time, the switch motor will heat up and do nasty things like catch fire.
    (Just had a discussion on this on the Model railroader forum).
    Use whichever of the DPDT/SPDT switches you can get and is cheaper. Momentaries are not always easy to find; 2 pushbuttons will do the job.
  10. dwight77

    dwight77 Member

    Hi All: I saw this supplier recommended on one of the posts here. The switch I have seen recommended is the dpdt (on) off (on) where you flip the switch up or down and it pops back to the center position when you release it. So don't hole it on long, just flick it. These switches are only $1.20 for 10 or more and if you have an empire, they are under a dollar.

    [​IMG][​IMG][FONT=arial, helvetica]Switching Positions: (ON) OFF (ON) (8012A)[​IMG] ()=momentary contact
    8012A[​IMG] 1+$1.44ea.10+$1.20ea.100+$0.95ea.
  11. dwight77

    dwight77 Member

    Hi All: Here is another possibility from the same company I listing above. The advantage of the push buttons is they are cheaper and you can locate them at the end of your turnout diagram either on the main or the off shoot. Then when you push the switch, you can push direction you are going and not have to remember if up is straight or curved. They also come in either black or red so you can use black for the main and red for the turn or vice versa. Uss the normally off momentary on style.

    [​IMG][​IMG][FONT=arial, helvetica]Push Button Switches
    Switching Positions: OFF (ON); RED.
    Switching Positions: ON (OFF); RED.
    Switching Positions: OFF (ON); BLACK.
    Switching Positions: ON (OFF); BLACK.


    [FONT=arial, helvetica]
    R18-29A RED[​IMG] 1+$0.35ea.10+$0.32ea.100+$0.24ea.
  12. webmaster

    webmaster Member

    All of the above advice is presuming that your using an electro magnetic point motor.
    If you are using something similar to a Tortoise which is a slow, permanant live stall motor then you want the ON|ON switch.

    I apologise for my original post, I didn't get the second switches LOL we call them points.
  13. vilefileman

    vilefileman Member


    You know what, I used to think I was a pretty smart guy.I went ahead and bought 6 SPDT switches. So, like my switches, this item has 3 leads coming out of it. My switches have 3 wires coming out of them. Great. Except where does it get the power from?!?!?!
    I mean the little switch boxes that came with the switches had a slide push button, and 2 leads on the side.

  14. webmaster

    webmaster Member

    Have you got a picture or a schematic?
  15. Pete

    Pete Member

    You'll have two leads from your power supply, + and -.
    Wire all the black wires from the switch machines together, and hook them to the - side.
    The + side from the supply will go to the center lug of each (electrical) switch, and the two remaining wires (red and green?) from each switch machine will attach to the other lugs of the toggle switch.
  16. vilefileman

    vilefileman Member


    Guys, please listen.
    I have a bachmann remote left handed turnout. It has three wires coming out of it that usually go to slide switch( you slide it left and right and push down to make the switch acitvate) It gets its power from the accessory lines on my power pack. So now I bought these SPDT toggle mommentum switches. It has three leads on it . How do i wire and power it so that when I throw the momentum toggle switch, the bachmann turnout activate?

    PS pete, that sounds like 4 wires, and I am NOT wiring motors or anything like that, just one simple turnout.
  17. vilefileman

    vilefileman Member


    I figured it out on my own.
  18. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member


    That sounds like four wires,v :) :) :) :thumb:
  19. Pete

    Pete Member

    Yep, it sounded like four wires, because there are four wires used.

    Attached Files:

  20. BNSFtheLeader

    BNSFtheLeader Member

    I would have to second the Momentary switches since the machines are Mechanically held and not magnetically held.

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