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Old 29-12-2017, 12:02 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I've added isolating sections to my layout so I need some SPST switches. Which would people recommend? I've looked at the Peco PL-22 switches, but they look a bit, well...cheap!

I've found this one on Maplins website, would this be ok?

https://www.maplin.co.uk/p/12v-led-s...itch-red-n26bj

I know its the right type, and I like the idea of a light to indicate whether the section is live or not, but I don't know what I should wire the ground connector to. Do I install a fuse and wire it to that? Do I ignore it? Any suggestions?

Alternatively, any other switches people use that I should be aware of?
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Old 29-12-2017, 12:35 AM   #2
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Those Maplin switches are only viable when power is permanently connected. Can't be used on dead end tracks to be able to hold numerous locos.
The Peco PL22 with console PL27 is the better option in my opinion
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How the hell did I miss the PL27 mounting bay?? That actually looks quite cool! Ok, I'm sold, I'll probably get some PL22s and pop them in one of those instead, save cutting holes in my baseboard!
Thanks guys, still can't believe I didn't notice the bay before.
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PL-27 is designed to be fitted inside a signal box. This maybe Wills kit SS 48 assembled with the back and roof removable. The idea is the roof is put back on the signal box when the layout is not in use to protect the switches from the accumulation of dust.
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I've used Maplins ones for years, my last three layouts had an average of around 20. (The joys of DC.)
In that time I've replaced one DPDT, one push to make and two SPST. As they are cheap as chips I have a few spare in hand so it's a case of get behind the panel, unsolder and replace and make good.
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