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Bachmann EZ Track Turnouts

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Bachmann EZ Track Turnouts
Posted by alloboard on Sunday, November 11, 2012 9:57 AM

     How can one wire and integrate a Bachmann EZ track turnout in to a Digitrax DCC system. I have a DB150 with a DT402D duplex radio throttle, and a DS-64 switch controller. This system is connected to my PC via the Digitrax PR3. Should I buy a separate turnout switch machine or can I integrate the Bachmann EZ track turnout and their switch controllers into my DCC system. I did not see any instructions on converting to DCC in any of my Digitrax manuals or the Bachmann EZ track manual. I did simply connect my Bachmann EZ track via metal track connectors as one would connect the tracks, but how would I wire the 3 wire green cable into my DCC system? There was also a short circuit on the Bachmann EZ track switch itself, so I had it electrically isolate it with rubber track connectors Should I simply purchase a stationary DCC decoder or wire it into my Digitrax DS-64. If so how will I wire it? The manual that came wit it describes wiring to seperate switch machines only. I searched this site on wiring Bachmann EZ tracks to DCC and I did not find anything yet. What should I do?

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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Sunday, November 11, 2012 5:31 PM

The turnout you have is one of the older ones and wasn't made to be operated via DCC. It is possible to wire it to a capacitance discharge switch and have a stationary decoder operate that. It's still being operated the way it was meant to be operated, just a DCC system is tripping the capacitance discharge switch.

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Posted by alloboard on Monday, November 12, 2012 6:32 PM

     I appreciate your help. You must be right regarding the older Bachmann EZ track switch. The turnout came with a wired push button switch which activates the turnout. Is that the capacitance discharge switch, or would I have to purchase that separately. How will I wire the capacitance discharge switch to a DCC decoder or my Digitrax DS-64. Will I trip the capacitance discharge switch by using the switch function on the Digitrax DT402D throttle?

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Posted by rrinker on Monday, November 12, 2012 6:43 PM

 The three wires from the Bachmann turnout will connect directly to one of the outputs of the DS64. The DS64 has a capacitive discharge supply built in. You will need to program the DS64 for solenoid turnouts. FOr best operation the DS64 should be powered with an auxiliary power supply, like a PS14, as shown in the instructions.

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Posted by alloboard on Monday, November 12, 2012 7:09 PM

     You've helped me out allot thanks so much. My DS-64 is powered by the PS14. So I should cut of the black terminal plug at the end of the three wire green cable and connect it straight to my DS-64.

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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Monday, November 12, 2012 7:36 PM

alloboard
So I should cut of the black terminal plug at the end of the three wire green cable and connect it straight to my DS-64.

That would work.

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Posted by rrinker on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 6:58 AM

 I don't know how Bachmann identifies the wires in the 3 wire cable, but Atlas ones, the center is the common wire. Each DS64 output has 3 terminals, one for each direction plus a common.If it's hooked up wrong, the turnout will operate in one direction but not go back, it won;t break anything. If it works in both directions, but is backwards, flip the outer two wires.

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Posted by Teufel Hund on Sunday, April 27, 2014 8:33 PM

Thanks! You answered my question too!

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