Subscriber & Member Login

Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!

dcc and switch

479 views
7 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    January 2020
  • 25 posts
dcc and switch
Posted by Camarokid65 on Monday, January 6, 2020 4:48 PM

Hi, I have PowerCab and am curious which layout switches you all use, especially if your using Powercab. Do you have to stick with the NCE stuff?

  • Member since
    December 2004
  • From: Bedford, MA, USA
  • 19,008 posts
Posted by MisterBeasley on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:23 AM

I'm not sure what you mean by "layout switches.". Do you mean static decoders for turnouts?  Most DCC stuff can be used on any system.  I use Switch-its on my Lenz system.

You don't have to control your turnouts with DCC throttles, either.  I find old-fashioned toggles on a control panel are actually preferable.

It takes an iron man to play with a toy iron horse. 

  • Member since
    July 2006
  • From: Central Vermont
  • 4,258 posts
Posted by cowman on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:25 AM

Could you be a little more specific?  Are you asking about which track switches (turnouts) people use or are you asking about electrical switches?

Good luck,

Richard

  • Member since
    December 2015
  • 6,947 posts
Posted by BigDaddy on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:54 AM

This is similar to your Digikejis thread. 

http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/744/t/279162.aspx

 

Sometimes it's best just to let the thread run and take it in a different direction if you choose.  You can even re-title it.  It saves having to explain all over again what you are trying to do.

Henry

COB Potomac & Northern

By the Chesapeake Bay

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • 25 posts
Posted by Camarokid65 on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 11:49 AM
ok, I have PowerCab, and though I will use toggles or push buttons to switch the track switches at turnouts, I would also like to incorporate them into my dcc, either with the NCE switch 8 or Digikeijs switch module. Is one better than the other and can both, I assume, be used with tortoise switches?
  • Member since
    February 2002
  • From: Reading, PA
  • 27,990 posts
Posted by rrinker on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:16 PM

 Both run Tortoises. The Digikeijs device does not have an option for toggles or pushbuttons. The Switch-8 has the Button Board which allows toggles or pushbuttons in addition to the DCC control. ANd if you have places where there aren't 8 Tortoises all together, there is the Swith-It, which controls 2. 

                                             --Randy

 


Modeling the Reading Railroad in the 1950's

 

Visit my web site at www.readingeastpenn.com for construction updates, DCC Info, and more.

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • 25 posts
Posted by Camarokid65 on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:24 PM
ok cool, that helps make that decision. I want to use the tortoises but incorporate them with the switch-it or switch 8, like you said depending on how many are together. In this case the tortoise is wired to the switch-it, which of course is then run to the powercab? In looking at videos online kinda seems complicated but im sure its not?
  • Member since
    December 2004
  • From: Bedford, MA, USA
  • 19,008 posts
Posted by MisterBeasley on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:35 PM

Make sure the circuit board you choose includes the option for panel toggles.  Those that don't are cheaper.  I have a couple of the cheaper ones, and one of these days I might upgrade.

The circuit board does go to the Tortoise, and I think to the track bus.  I believe some of them can also be fed external power to drive the turnouts.  You would need another set of wires for external power, and yet another set for toggles, if used.

It takes an iron man to play with a toy iron horse. 

Subscriber & Member Login

Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!

Search the Community

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Model Railroader Newsletter See all
Sign up for our FREE e-newsletter and get model railroad news in your inbox!