Question about switch machine decoders?

Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by vanda32547, Sep 15, 2004.

  1. vanda32547

    vanda32547 Member

    Hi Ya'll,

    I was wondering which DCC decoder would be best to buy in order to control Atlas Snap switch turnouts? I notice that most decoder specs talk about Tortoise machines and slower mechanisms. Is there any recommended decoders for Snap switch machines?

    Thanks for any insight,
  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Bob: I think there are 2 types of decoders -- tortoise and twin coil. There may also be some that do both but they will have to be programmed and probably cost more.
  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Isn't an Atlas Snap Switch machine a twin coil?
  4. jwmurrayjr

    jwmurrayjr Member


    The Lenz LS150 is an example of a decoder that will control multiple twin-coil (Atlas, etc.) or stall-motor machines.

    Controls 6 machines. $40 at

  5. vanda32547

    vanda32547 Member

    Can the NEW MRS Prodigy Advance System control this decoder? Supposedly it is interchangable with all DCC components but I am new to this and really don't know. Does anyone have further info on this?

  6. jwmurrayjr

    jwmurrayjr Member

    I feel certain that the new MRC system will work well with any decoders, but you could contact MRC to make sure. Decoders are the "common link" between systems. The MRC will not work with "all DCC components" (from other manufacturers) I'm also certain. But this is true of most systems. :cry:

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