Atlas or Bachmann EZ Track

R. L. Mar 26, 2012

  1. jeffrey-wimberly

    jeffrey-wimberly TrainBoard Member

    I'd use the DC switch machines. It's tried and true technology and you're not using power from your DCC system to control them. Plus they're not hard to wire. I tried one of the DCC turnouts Bachmann makes. Every time I wanted to switch tracks I had to punch in the address of the turnout then punch the locos address back in to get back control of the train. If you're doing a lot of switching that gets old fast. Pushing a push-button or momentary contact switch to cahnge a turnouts direction is much simpler and you don't have to be remembering and punching in addresses all the time.
  2. R. L.

    R. L. TrainBoard Member

    Hey Jeffrey,
    Thanks for the input. From what I gather the Kato switches come with the control wire that plugs into the turnout switch? Wiring them in won't be a problem whether or not they come with a plug or just wires that need to be terminated....just trying to make sure I buy the correct equipment before spending money on something I won't use. : )

    The pictures don't really show any detail as far as connections go.

    So I'm thinking all I need now is the Kato 24840 turnout control and the switches for each turnout and perhaps some turnout switch extension cords. I don't see any listing of the lengths of the cords/wires that come with the switches.

    My layout is a 4x8 so maybe the switches on the other side will need an extension cord?

    And thanks again for the help.

    R. L.

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