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Old 12-04-2018, 08:32 PM   #1
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Default DCC control - separate power for points

I am about to start laying track. I’m using aGaugemaster Prodigy Express. I intend to power my Peco PL10 point motors (with accessory switch for live frogs) from a separate 16V AC supply and also use a CDU. Anything wrong with this principle ? I know I’ll need passing contact levers. I don’t want to power points from controller and use decoders every time. Prefer the simple approach to points &, eventually, signals.

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Many DCC users don’t use DCC to power the points but do as you have suggested.
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Thank you. Presumably any 16V AC supply & CDU is acceptable?
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Old 12-04-2018, 08:52 PM   #4
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Thank you. Presumably any 16V AC supply & CDU is acceptable?
Avoid the Peco CDU if possible. I have always favoured the Gaugemaster one.
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My advice is buy a good CDU. I know the Peco version is not a briliant product, weak and slow to charge.
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CDU works better with AC input
http://www.talkingelectronics.com/pr...0Overview.html
http://www.talkingelectronics.com/pr...html#CDU-MkIIB
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I used Peco point motors in the fiddle yard with a Gaugemaster CDU - in some cases two points are operated at the same time - the Gaugemaster is really up to the task. For the scenic part of the layout I used Cobalt iP Digital slow action point motors (more realistic in movement) - these are both DCC and toggle switch operated (usually switch - it's quicker).
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....these are both DCC and toggle switch operated...
It's now possible to also have DCC operated by toggle switch.


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We use the Gaugemaster PCU1.

Probably a pricey way but neat and reliable. All in one power supply, CDU and switches; I don't know how much it is in comparison to everything separate.
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