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Old 25-06-2018, 11:27 PM   #1
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Default Peco Code 75 Electrofrog Points & Motors

Hi All,

I wasn't quite sure where this fitted in, hence putting in here. Please feel free to move the post if it's in the wrong place.

On my new layout, all the track is Peco Code 75. I have a 3-way point and in my haste I accidentally damaged the switch mechanism on one of the switch points - basically, I managed to flick up the part that holds the little spring in place, which has shot off in to the ether and so the point no longer 'clicks' in to position and holds itself there.

Now, I know I could use tortoise point motors or similar slow-acting motors and it would most likely be fine, however, I am wiring my layout with Seep PM1's.

Therefore, my question is, could I still use the seep motor and rely on that to keep the point blades in position? I am not relying on the blades for electrical contact as I have each point wired up with track feeds and using the polarity switching via the frog and point motor etc. I just don't want a train going over the top then derailing 'cos the blades have moved...

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Old 25-06-2018, 11:32 PM   #2
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Two options:
Replacement point springs are available from Peco.
Use a Seep PM4 which has a latching mechanism.
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You already mention tortoise motors. If you use a DCCConcepts Cobalt SS surface mounted point motor for this point only the instructions for this motor advise you to remove the spring to take the load off the motor. The motor then holds the blades over.

These motors are OK for DCC or DC and you can have different motors on different points.
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Old 26-06-2018, 11:18 AM   #4
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Hi
If you're wired for Seeps then do as suggested by Steve M, and just use the Seep PM4 with built in mechanical self latching.
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Thanks all, i'll get a Seep PM4 ordered. I've also spoken to Peco and for the whopping fee of stamped, SAE, they'll send me some point springs, so I shall get that done also.
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Thanks all, i'll get a Seep PM4 ordered. I've also spoken to Peco and for the whopping fee of stamped, SAE, they'll send me some point springs, so I shall get that done also.
Maybe I should keep the ones I remove from now on!!
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