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NCE Powercab, and Bachmann switchs.

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NCE Powercab, and Bachmann switchs.
Posted by Tjsingle on Sunday, August 10, 2008 9:32 PM

Hey,

I recently bought a NCE system and I Have bachman Ez track switchs, and I was wondering can use a dc power pack to operate the switchs? or do I have to get switchs with decoders?

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Posted by tstage on Sunday, August 10, 2008 10:21 PM

Tommy,

Yes, you can use DC to operate your Bachmann turnout controls.  However, they will have their own designated bus since it's DC.

OTOH, if you wanted to operate them via your DCC system, you'd then need a stationary decoder for each turnout and they would be powered through your DCC power bus.

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Posted by Tjsingle on Sunday, August 10, 2008 10:22 PM

Thanks For the quick response, I'm starting to rewire my layout and I'm just curious.

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Posted by gandydancer19 on Monday, August 11, 2008 7:35 PM

TJ, just a small comment. (Curiosity is a good thing by the way.)

Just because you have a DCC system to control your locos doesn't mean that you have to control everything from it. There are quite a few layouts around that still use standard DC for controlling the turnouts, mine included.

The advantage to installing stationary decoders on your turnouts for DCC operation would be if you had a really big layout. Then you wouldn't have to build control panels and run lots of wire for your turnout controls (unless yo wated to or you like control panels). You could just use your DCC system.

If you wanted to get one stationary decoder and hook it up to one turnout, that would give you a little experience in how to connect them up and how to get it working etc. I don't think that you would have to get a special turnout, just a stationary decoder.  Learning something new in this hobby is always fun.

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(Modeling Freelance, Eastern US, HO scale, in 1962, with NCE DCC for locomotive control and a stand alone LocoNet for block detection and signals.) http://waynes-trains.com/ at home, and N scale at the Club.

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Posted by Tjsingle on Monday, August 11, 2008 9:14 PM

Yea, I see what your saying, Yet since I'm short on cash, i don't have the money for the decoders, building control panels would be the cheapest, maybe in the future I'll buy some decoders.

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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Monday, August 11, 2008 11:16 PM
I use toggle switches and momentary contact switches with an old Bachmann power pack tio control all my remote turnouts, all of which are Bachmann.

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Posted by loathar on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 11:13 AM
Bachmann makes those turnouts with decoders built into them now. Runs off track power. No wiring or switched required. I believe they are about $10-$12 more per turnout.
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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 11:42 AM
Yeah, I've seen those but I don't have any, so I don't know how well they work. I hope they did something to keep the point rail in place. I had to modify all mine so the points wouldn't drift.

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