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Crossing Help
Posted by fender777 on Friday, May 05, 2017 11:14 AM

I have never used those X shape crossings on a layout before. But I have a place where one could work well, It seems a 19degree crossing would work. Are they a problem to use. Will they derail cars more or cause Engine stutter or stopping. I use Digital. Thanks for any info.

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Posted by slammin on Friday, May 05, 2017 11:24 AM

I have two Shinohara/Walthers code 83 crossings, a 90 degree and a 30 degree on my switching layout and they work fine. I run DCC. You will notice, unlike turnouts, you won't find any marked "DCC friendly". It doesn't matter.

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Posted by RR_Mel on Friday, May 05, 2017 11:28 AM

I made a Code 83 double crossover turnout using an Atlas 572 19° Crossover and I’ve never had a derail or power problem in it’s many years of service.
 
I cut up the turnouts and the crossover to fit my application, it works without any problems for me so a standard non hacked up 19° crossover will work for anyone.
 
 
 
Mel
 
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Posted by MisterBeasley on Friday, May 05, 2017 4:23 PM

I had a 30-degree Atlas crossing that was shorting out.  I decided the crossing itself was defective.  I replaced it with a Walthers and it's been fine ever since.

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Posted by richhotrain on Friday, May 05, 2017 4:43 PM

Which brand are you considering?

Crossings work fine, but it really helps to add feeders to all four ends of these type of specialty track. Momentary shorts can occur where the rails converge, especially on the Peco crossings. Derailments should not be a problem, although I have experienced occasional problems where the wheels follow an unintended route over the crossing.

Rich

Alton Junction

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Posted by fender777 on Saturday, May 06, 2017 6:31 AM
Thanks guys for all your help.
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Posted by 60YOKID on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 10:13 PM

MisterBeasley

I had a 30-degree Atlas crossing that was shorting out.  I decided the crossing itself was defective.  I replaced it with a Walthers and it's been fine ever since.

 

I had a similar experience with two Atlas code 100 crossovers. I fixed the short circuit issue with small strips of masking tape. A black marker made the tape pretty much un-noticeable. The tape lasted over 6 years!

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