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Running two controllers on one track (Ho Scale)

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:46 AM

LION says so too!

 

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Posted by floridaflyer on Thursday, August 22, 2019 4:22 PM

what jj and David said

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Posted by jjdamnit on Thursday, August 22, 2019 4:01 PM

Hello All,

Since they are both DC the suggestion of...

davidmurray
...a double pole double throw centre off switch.

would be my suggestion also.

You can also find these at auto parts stores too.

Hope this helps.

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Posted by G Paine on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:57 PM

If you are trying to alternate between DC and DCC control, be careful that any DCC controls, or things like reversing loop controllers, DCC fascia plugs, etc. are totally isolated from DC track power. DC power will fry any DCC component it touches; it may not happen all at once, but it will happen.

George In Midcoast Maine, 'bout halfway up the Rockland branch 

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Posted by Afdahl Flats on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 8:25 PM

Both DC. One is a tech 2 2500 and the other is a mrc sound power and light 9000 with the momentum stuck on, so instead of buying a new one, I just figured I would make something work. Sigh

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Posted by jjdamnit on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:43 PM

Hello All,

My question is...

What type of controllers- -both DC, Both DCC or are you trying to combine DC & DCC?

Hope this helps.

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Posted by davidmurray on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:38 PM

I would suggest a double pole double throw centre off switch.

From big box, electrical supply house hobby shop, or possible at a model railroad show.

Use the same guage wire you use on the layout.

Dave

 

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Running two controllers on one track (Ho Scale)
Posted by Afdahl Flats on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:22 AM

Hello, I have two different controllers that I would like to run one one track, at different times. I have tried hooking them up to a speaker selector, but they didn't like that much and got pretty hot. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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