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Old 26-05-2018, 09:52 PM   #1
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I have today had my first sight of Hattons solenoid point motor. I ordered two with a view to using in a crossover with a single passing contact switch. My past main usage of point motors has been with Seep PM1 and a couple of Cobalts. It is noted that the Hattons version does not provide for polarity change at the frog.
I would be interested to know of the experience of others who have used the Hattons version or, indeed, if they have consciously avoided them.
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Old 26-05-2018, 10:23 PM   #2
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Funny thing is that it was only yesterday I noticed them when I looked through Hattons leaflets. They look like an ordinary solenoid type point motor with a very useful pivot device in the design. I've never tried them myself.
Regarding frog switches. It is easier if one has them built into the point solenoid or point motor (Depends which type you prefer). However, there are other ways. A micro switch positioned in the right place can also act as a frog switch. I havs done this by mounting them on my manually activated point lever frame. While the idea may not be directly applicable to your needs, it may give you ideas as to how to overcome the problem.
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Old 26-05-2018, 10:48 PM   #3
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If you are DCC look at the Gaugemaster Autofrog module.
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Old 26-05-2018, 10:56 PM   #4
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Exclamation Hattons solenoid point motor

Like you, Mountain Goat , I spotted this item whilst browsing Hattons website and fancied seeing one first hand.
The fitting of the pin extension is a DIY job . It comes as a separate item with a brass collar and screws for the four fixing holes. The length of pin between the solenoids is wholly below baseboard level.
It comes pre-wired at about 5 inches.
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Old 26-05-2018, 11:02 PM   #5
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Wink Hattons solenoid point motors

Yes, Steve, I have found the DCC80 from Gaugemaster very handy when a PM1 does no deliver. I still have some in reserve.
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Old 27-05-2018, 12:42 AM   #6
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The Hattons unit reminds me a bit of the old H&M solenoids
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If you are DCC look at the Gaugemaster Autofrog module.

Or use the Gaugemaster GM500, which is wired together with the point motor. Avoids issues with causing a momentary DCC short, can be used with DC or DCC, and one GM500 can manage the polarity change of two points worked together as a cross-over.

But realistically, a solenoid point motor such as Hatton's or Peco will cost you around 6, plus 5.50 for the GM500 or Autofrog. For a little more you can have a slow-motion motor such as Tortoise or Cobalt which would be my choice.
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