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Walthers DCC Turntables vs non-DCC

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Walthers DCC Turntables vs non-DCC
Posted by Aztec69 on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 6:49 PM

With Walthers DCC TT soon to arrive.... What are the benefits for a DCC layout? Can the non-DCC be used? How much special wiring (if any) would be required. Thanks

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Posted by rrinker on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7:57 PM

 The only difference between the DCC and non DCC version is that the DCC version allows you to control the spin via DCC. Both will work equally well on a DCC layout as far as power to the turntable bridge, there is no difference there.

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Posted by Sierra Man on Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:09 PM

I have a non DCC controlled Walthers 90ft. turntable. Works great with an AR1 reverser and an MRC power pack.

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Posted by richhotrain on Friday, March 23, 2012 4:57 AM

With the introduction of the DCC version, Walthers now produces 5 different turntables in HO scale.

The original version was a motorized 90' turntable.  It consisted of a manual turntable and an add on motor kit.  I have that version, and it is OK, but I long ago abandoned the motor and simply turn it manually.

The next version was a non-DCC turntable with indexing capabilities.  It was available in the 90' and 130' turntable.  I have the 130' turntable which I really like.  I disabled the indexing feature and manually operate the stops by merely holding down the button on the control box.  Although it is considered non-DCC, it is designed to operate on a DCC layout and that is the way my layout is powered.  Wiring is simple, just two wires to the turntable and two wires to the AC terminals on a power pack.

The newest version is a DCC turntable with indexing capabilities available in both a 90' and a 130' turntable.  Since these new DCC turntables replace the older non-DCC turntables, unless you can find the older version on eBay or some similar source, you will have to purchase the DCC version.  Personally, I see no real advantage to the DCC version.  With it, you can use your throttle to operate the indexing feature but, as I say, I have disabled the feature and just operate in manually.  I haven't seen a wiring diagram, but I presume that it is as simple as the non-DCC version.

Rich

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Posted by farrellaa on Friday, March 23, 2012 6:03 PM

I also have the non-DCC version (130') and have a DCC layout; no problems. As others have already mentioned, controlling the rotation with a DCC throttle is the only difference and I also don't see a need for it. I have a control panel for the  turntable and it is located directly in front of the turntable, where you would want to be at that moment. See the photo attached (note;that is a dust cover on the turntable!)

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Posted by kelleywpns on Saturday, March 24, 2012 10:15 PM

This is some great info on this topic.  Has anyone had any experience with the N-Scale version of the Walthers non-DCC TT?

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Posted by cuyama on Sunday, March 25, 2012 3:51 PM

kelleywpns
Has anyone had any experience with the N-Scale version of the Walthers non-DCC TT?

Built-up versions work great. Kit versions seem to be a nightmare and most are eventually discarded.

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Posted by kelleywpns on Sunday, March 25, 2012 9:43 PM

Sorry if this is a dumb question ... but does this apply to the Walthers N-Scale 120' TT (Item 933-3203)?


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Posted by cuyama on Monday, March 26, 2012 9:09 AM

kelleywpns
Sorry if this is a dumb question ... but does this apply to the Walthers N-Scale 120' TT (Item 933-3203)?

So far as I know, that was only available as a kit and is reported to be difficult to make work reliably. The 130' built-up, by contrast, seems to work very well.

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Posted by richhotrain on Monday, March 26, 2012 9:42 AM

cuyama

 kelleywpns:
Sorry if this is a dumb question ... but does this apply to the Walthers N-Scale 120' TT (Item 933-3203)?

So far as I know, that was only available as a kit and is reported to be difficult to make work reliably. The 130' built-up, by contrast, seems to work very well.

Walthers did produce a manual 120' turntable in N scale and offered a motorized kit for it.  The motorized kit was not the same one as used with the 90' turntable in HO scale.  So, whether the manual 120' turntable in N scale suffered from the same problems as the 90' turntable in HO scale is a question that only someone with the 120' turntable in N scale can answer.

Rich

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