Double slip switch wiring

Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by John797, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. John797

    John797 TrainBoard Member

    Anyone had to deal with a double slip switch that reverses polarity from one cross-over side to the other? (Like that hasn't happened before LOL). I would like to know if you used two or three different power packs and how did you isolate the rails, ie. insulated rail joiners, gap, mica, etc.

    I currently have what could be considered a round loop that traverses from one mainline on an outer path to two inside of that. I know it's not much to go on now, but with the right questions asked of me I may be better able to describe it.

    This is a good conundrom for me to solve. Exactly why I love this hobby.
  2. Another ATSF Admirer

    Another ATSF Admirer TrainBoard Member

    I believe the approach most people take when a reversing loop hits a slip, is to put the slip either entirely within or entirely without the reversing section. (usually without)

    At least in N scale it's usually too fiddly to try to cut all the right places and wire all the feeders, without breaking everything and melting everything else :(
    Certainly in larger scales, if you're nimble-fingered (nimble-ironed?) enough, it could be done.

    Wiring for DCC covering double-slips

    If you really want to make a reverse-loop go through a double slip, my advice would be to get a photo or big drawing of the slip, and start colour-coding rails and guard-rails, and see which ones need to be which polarity.
    Good Luck!
  3. John797

    John797 TrainBoard Member

    Thanks for the info and web site. I was affraid I would hear somthing of this nature. I will try to figure out exactly what to do and hopefully it wont be too painful. Thanks again.

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