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I bought manual turnouts, err points, for my layout. They came with the old hard plastic switch motors that had no electrics inside, but still can be used to operate the points.

I left the dummy point motors on the layout to see what would happen. It did not take long for them to literally warp and bend from the heat.

If those Pecos are made of the harder plastic. I would just leave one sitting on the layout for a month or so and see what the sun does to it.

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traingeekboy said:

...If those Pecos are made of the harder plastic. I would just leave one sitting on the layout for a month or so and see what the sun does to it.

Yes, this is my intention.

I already have ordered one to test.

As I already mentioned here on my introduction, I'm going to build my railway at waist hight, due to my bad back.

At the moment everything sits in a planning stage.

A lot of thinks are new to me, and I've to work my way into this matter.

Although I've quite some DC rolling stock, I bought them over time because I liked those models, and put them on display.

80% of my locomotives are AC Märklin, with that I'm very familiar with, but in turns of electrics is totally different.

An other thing that's new to me will be DCC.

I think it's logical to go for this system, if you start a new layout.

As for track building, I've no plans of putting scenery around the track, the scenery must come from the garden around it.

I can get my hands on EPDM rubber foil, a product they use for roofing.

It's actually the left over that they normally through away, and comes for free.

Most of the time are these strips of +/-40cm wide and up to 10 m long.

This material is wel suited to put under the track, as wel to make a cover over the track when not in use.

It can be vulcanized with glue making it one solid piece.

Other advantages are that it absorbs noise, good for all weather, absorbs no water and is elastic and adept it self to temperature.

If my plan works these Peco points are well suited for my needs.

Cheers,

Danny

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On 1.5.2013 at 17:44, chris said:

 

The DCC control is not a problem.

 

 

I've just checked the manual for one of my Decoders, the Digitraxs DC52, and it is designed to work 2 wire solenoids. An Accy Decoder output has three terminals: Left, Centre and Right; these would normally correspond to Thrown, Common and Closed on a three wire point motor. To control a two wire solenoid you connect it to the Left and Right terminals and ignore the centre one. Simple.

Is that the same with every other Accy Decoder? 

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On 26/10/2017 at 05:39, ThomasI said:

Is that the same with every other Accy Decoder? 

No. Some Accy decoders are designed to work with two wire solenoids, some are not. It's worth reading their manual before you buy. Manuals for this kind of devices can usually be downloaded  from somewhere.

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On 14.11.2017 at 18:47, chris said:

No. Some Accy decoders are designed to work with two wire solenoids, some are not. It's worth reading their manual before you buy. Manuals for this kind of devices can usually be downloaded  from somewhere.

It is possible you meant Digitrax DS52? 

Because I can't find a Digitrax Dc52? 

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Yes I did mean the DS52. They are my decoder of choice these days.

  • They are powered off the DCC bus, with built in CDU.
  • They are easy to configure.
  • They are easy to program.
  • They can driver two motors off one output.
  • They work with a long cable run.
  • I can install them outside with only crude protection from the weather.
  • They are cheap.
  • If one fails (and that hasn't happened yet) they are simple to replace.

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On 16.11.2017 at 11:22, chris said:

Yes I did mean the DS52. They are my decoder of choice these days.

  • They are powered off the DCC bus, with built in CDU.
  • They are easy to configure.
  • They are easy to program.
  • They can driver two motors off one output.
  • They work with a long cable run.
  • I can install them outside with only crude protection from the weather.
  • They are cheap.
  • If one fails (and that hasn't happened yet) they are simple to replace.

They are also cheap here in Germany. 

I think I will follow your recommandation. 

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