Paul;Any advice about what switches are dcc compatible would be appreciated
Seems the only way you can do that with out wires is if your throttle & switches are radio operated. That would require each switch to have accessory decoders.have no particular mfr that I plan to use. I have been told that turnouts can be controlled with the dcc controller thus eliminating electrical wires running from all the different turnouts.
Paul;have no particular mfr that I plan to use. I have been told that turnouts can be controlled with the dcc controller thus eliminating electrical wires running from all the different turnouts.
As usual, the old man has to put a 'word' in.
The guys have answered your question but perhaps
maybe a little more details would help you and
others with the same query.
There are two type of turnouts 'electrically' and
either can be used on DC or DCC layouts.
The most common uses an insulated frog. These
are completely satisfactory unless you have
a loco with short wheel base or does not have
all wheel power pickup.
The other type has a metal frog that changes it's
'phase' or polarity as the points move. This enables
those small locos to keep moving without pause.
However, if you use this type of turnout you must
place insulated joiners in both the divert and straight
frog rails. This is to prevent a short circuit when the
frog and it's rails change polarity.
There is another type turnout that uses
'power routing'. That means that power is
passed through the rails to the connecting track
ONLY when the points are set for it. The other
connecting track is 'shut off'.