Video Archive         Recent Topics      
YMR logo

You are here:  Your Model Railway Club > The Prototype Photograph Archive. > Lineside. > Track. > Auto points operation. To bottom of page
                 

 Moderated by: Spurno Page:  First Page Previous Page  1  2   
Start New Topic Reply Printer Friendly

Auto points operation. - Track. - The Prototype Photograph Archive. - Your Model Railway Club
AuthorPost
 Posted: Thu Dec 12th, 2013 08:32 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 21st post
60019Bittern
Full Member


Joined: Thu Dec 27th, 2012
Location: Plymouth, United Kingdom
Posts: 1723
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

It's a lot simpler than electronics and easier to install and probably more reliable. I'll sketch out a circuilt diagram over the next day or so to show how it can be done. This has really got me thinking. I'm in town tomorrow so I'll pick up a couple of switches from Maplins and have a play. If it does work there is no limit to what could be done and a lot cheaper than DCC. No chips for a start.



____________________
I'm old, that's why I'm allowed to change my mind, when I can find it.

My Website: http://www.dcminerals.co.uk
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Dec 13th, 2013 07:35 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 22nd post
60019Bittern
Full Member


Joined: Thu Dec 27th, 2012
Location: Plymouth, United Kingdom
Posts: 1723
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Have a look at this, a method with reed switches.

http://www.building-your-model-railroad.com/turnout-control.html

seems easy enough.



____________________
I'm old, that's why I'm allowed to change my mind, when I can find it.

My Website: http://www.dcminerals.co.uk
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Dec 13th, 2013 07:54 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 23rd post
toto
Former Member
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Posts: 
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Thank you very much kind Sir, looks straight forward enough. I'll have another look at the link again later this evening.

Another weapon in the armoury.

Toto

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Dec 13th, 2013 07:58 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 24th post
60019Bittern
Full Member


Joined: Thu Dec 27th, 2012
Location: Plymouth, United Kingdom
Posts: 1723
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Thanks toto. I'm still going to have a play when I get hold of some switches. This looks like it could be a fun way to waste a few hours. Browsing on the web I've noted signal operation and whistle ops using them, and I want to see if I can fully automate a branchline junction in both directions, perhaps with signal interlocking as well.



____________________
I'm old, that's why I'm allowed to change my mind, when I can find it.

My Website: http://www.dcminerals.co.uk
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Dec 13th, 2013 08:16 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 25th post
toto
Former Member
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Posts: 
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Hi Bittern,

I've not even considered signals yet and if the truth be known, probably won't. I don't understand them and my layout would not be ideal I fear as there are no really long interrupted runs. Mines is mostly shunting and yard duty type operations. Never the less, once I get my head into an idea, I tend to want to know more about it whether or not I intend to adopt it myself.

I too like the idea of a fully automated points system even if it were just for my two main roundy roundy up and down lines. It's just being able to say, " I can do that " :mutley it adds a little more thought or know how to the layout.

The closest I will come to it at the moment will be route setting etc which I will try to incorporate once I've established that all my points are working well individually when I start powering up and testing, which shouldn't be to long away now.

If you get there before me with the reed switching which it sounds like you will, keep me posted as to what you manage to achieve using this technique as I am definitely interested .

Cheers for now

Toto.

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Dec 13th, 2013 08:18 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 26th post
60019Bittern
Full Member


Joined: Thu Dec 27th, 2012
Location: Plymouth, United Kingdom
Posts: 1723
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

will do toto good luck

 



____________________
I'm old, that's why I'm allowed to change my mind, when I can find it.

My Website: http://www.dcminerals.co.uk
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sat Dec 14th, 2013 08:45 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 27th post
wahiba
Full Member


Joined: Mon Jan 14th, 2013
Location: Keighley, United Kingdom
Posts: 267
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

I too bought a couple of reed switches in Maplins the other day to try out. Have to be after holidays now.

I have heard that they may be activated by the magnetism from the motor, otherwise a small magnet is required.

I have some ring magnets out of defuct micro-wave cookers. Bit big to fit onto train though. I keep them on a dowel rod in a piece of wood. Polarity is side to side, not across the diameter, so they sit there with two hovering above the third at the bottom. Must be quite powerful, nearly an inch between them.

David



____________________
freelance model railways and tramways
http://www.picsntech.co.uk/index_modrail.html
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sat Dec 14th, 2013 08:51 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 28th post
60019Bittern
Full Member


Joined: Thu Dec 27th, 2012
Location: Plymouth, United Kingdom
Posts: 1723
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

I think the distance between magnet and switch has to be pretty close. I have ordered some niodydium? magnets as well to fit on the underside of the loco or wagons etc. I don't think the loco motor magnets will be strong enough, except of course on the old Triang stuff with magdahesion, as the adhesion magnets were quite low on the chassis. This is going to be a fun experiment and am hoping to have a good play  at it over the christmas break, theres not much worth watching on the box and I'm blessed with normally having a nice quiet time without the usual family interuptions.



____________________
I'm old, that's why I'm allowed to change my mind, when I can find it.

My Website: http://www.dcminerals.co.uk
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sun Dec 15th, 2013 01:33 am
PMQuoteReply
link to this 29th post
Sol
A modelling Moderator.


Joined: Mon Nov 28th, 2011
Location: Evanston Gardens, South Aust, Australia
Posts: 3984
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

I tried the reed relay & magnet trick - not all locos have room to glue magnets underneath and then that stops your friends bring their locos to run on your layout.



____________________
Ron
NCE DCC ; 00 scale UK outline.
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sun Dec 15th, 2013 01:36 am
PMQuoteReply
link to this 30th post
60019Bittern
Full Member


Joined: Thu Dec 27th, 2012
Location: Plymouth, United Kingdom
Posts: 1723
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

I'm thinking of using the Brake van or a carriage to hold the magnet Sol. I know under bachmann locos there is not a lot of room



____________________
I'm old, that's why I'm allowed to change my mind, when I can find it.

My Website: http://www.dcminerals.co.uk
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

This is topic ID = 11993     Current time is 05:20 am Page:  First Page Previous Page  1  2     
You are here:  Your Model Railway Club > The Prototype Photograph Archive. > Lineside. > Track. > Auto points operation.
You can type a quick reply to this topic here. Click in the box below to begin.

Or to reply to an individual post, or to include images, attachments and formatted text,
click the Quote or Reply buttons on each post above.

To start a new topic in this forum, click the Start New Topic button below.
To start a new topic in a different forum, click the Forum Jump drop-down list below.
Start New Topic


Back to top of page

           
15 Most Recent Topics

Problems with this web site? Please contact the Webmaster.

All material submitted to this web site is the responsibility of the respective contributor. By submitting material to this web site you acknowledge that you accept full responsibility for the material submitted.
Unless stated otherwise, all the material displayed on this web site, including all text, photographs, drawings and other images, is copyright and the property of the respective contributor. Registered members are welcome to use it for their own personal non-commercial modelmaking purposes. It must not be reproduced or re-published elsewhere in any form, or used commercially, without first obtaining the owner's express permission.
The owner of this web site may edit, modify or remove any content at any time without giving notice or reason.    © 2008

                 

Recent Topics Back to top of page

Powered by UltraBB 1.15 Copyright © 2007-2011 by Jim Hale and Data 1 Systems. Page design copyright © 2008-2013 Martin Wynne. Photo gallery copyright © 2009 David Williams.