Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by Limey, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. Limey

    Limey New Member

    I am a new railway modeller and have just laid my track. My control is the Gaugemaster PA and is working well (only one loco at the moment). My next step is wiring up the turnouts and displaying them on an indicator board, but at the moment can find no useful wiring diagrams. Can any point me in the right direction
  2. pgandw

    pgandw Active Member

    I'm sorry - you didn't provide enough information to help. Model railroading has many control options these days, not all of which are wired the same.

    I don't know what a Gaugemaster PA is. I would need to know whether it is a DCC controller, or conventional DC, or possibly something else.

    What scale are you working in, and what make of turnouts are you using? What make/model switch machines are you using, and how do you want/intend to control them? Are you looking for a central control panel, or several local panels?

    yours in wiring
  3. pgandw

    pgandw Active Member

    After further reflection, seeing as your posted in the DCC section, is the Gaugemaster PA the same as an MRC Prodigy Advance?

    Turnouts can be controlled through DCC, but that requires stationary or function decoders in addition to the switch machines. Also, not being familiar with the Prodigy Advance, would have to know whether it is capable of addressing these decoders.

    Many who have DCC just control their turnouts the conventional way, using push buttons or toggle switches (type of toggle depends on type of switch machine), without involving the DCC.

    It's your choice.
  4. Limey

    Limey New Member

    My control sytem is DCC. It is a Gaugemaster Prodigy Advance system which is starting to take off here in the UK. I am using Peco Streamline track and am looking for information on wiring in the turnout motors and signals. I am also keen to show the position of the turnouts on an indicator possibly using leds. Thanks for your reply.
  5. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Fred is correct about the turnout controls.

    Circuitron suggest a separate DC power adaptor of less than 12 volts running at most 1 Amp. They suggest SPST switches for control.
  6. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Other pieces of information needed are whether you will be using DCC to control the turnouts, and what kind of switch machine you are using.

  7. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    You can use the extra Peco contacts for the switch machines (additional cost) to run indicator lights. The switch machines can be controlled in the traditional manner or from DCC chips.
  8. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I think every dcc chip you use reduces the amount of power you will have available to run trains. I would suggest conventional power for turnouts. If you use a central cab, put your turnout controls in the panel. If you use a walk around control system, put the switch toggles in the layout fascia near the turnouts they would control.
  9. caellis

    caellis Member

    I use Tortise machines with NCE Switch-It devices. This permits me to operate the switches using either my DCC CAB(Lenz) or normally open push buttons mounted on the facia.

    The Switch-It devices do not provide feed back to the DCC so that limits automation somewhat.

    But the cost is reasonable. Two switches(Turnouts) can be separately controlled with each Switch-It. They are wired in series with the track power and the Tortise machines.

    The cost is about $10.00 per Tortise. I use both the DCC CAB method and push buttons

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