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 Posted: Mon Dec 11th, 2017 10:20 pm
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On my layout I am planning a small branch line and I was thinking of setting up a shuttle unit that allows the trains to run from one station, stop at another station and after a pause return to their start point. I have seen several shuttles in operation at shows and have seen some advertised in magazines etc.  The one thing that has put me off is that the trains trundle along and then come to an abrupt halt as the power is automatically turned off, then they race off in the other direction once the timer clicks in. I would like a gradual start and stop.
This might be easier to achieve with DCC, but my layout is DC and is N gauge.

I would welcome any suggestions on what unit might be best for this task.

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I would sit my missus behind it with a controller in her hand! :lol:


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Bob,have a gander at this site
http://www.heathcote-electronics.co.uk/automatic-train-control.html

http://www.heathcote-electronics.co.uk/SA1_and_SA1-S.html



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Hi Bob,

Healthcare do one, but azatrax.com over here do one that allows you to run two or more DC trains on the same track with the addition of sidings. Braking and acceleration included.

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Thanks Ron. I have taken a look at the websites and they appear to be what I am after, and not too pricey.

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Thanks Nigel. The Azatrax offerings look very comprehensive; however, for the time being I will try the UK based units from Heathcote.
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