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ok i just read the im confused by dozer..... that is dcc and dc together so that makes sense...

i know if you put 4 dc trains on a track equal distances apart.... on an oval... the faster trains will catch up and try to derail the others.... one control for all trains....


now just for my future plannings.. I was thinking of adding a turntable at the end of my setup (already have turntable - electronic) but here is where i dont understand...

ok... track oval is an oval....
you do 1 breakout to the turntable
the turntable track piece isnt connected to the main track which your transformer works on.... sooooo is my thinking correct...

1 transformer for track... 1 transformer for turntable... 1 transformer on track on other side???

i was thinking of having 4/5 trains and just keep them all on the track on the outside of the turntable then you can choose which one and go from there....
 

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TeleFrag,

Here's a very simple man's approach, per what I've just built for a small Lionel layout. I used a series of Radio Shack toggle switches that I can flip to turn on or off various sections of track, all controlled by one transformer. See link, and scroll down to pics of toggle switches, wiring, etc.

http://www.modeltrainforum.com/showthread.php?t=3469

Completely simple, about as far away from DCC as you can get, but it works OK for me at this point.

TJ
 

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ok i just read the im confused by dozer..... that is dcc and dc together so that makes sense...

i know if you put 4 dc trains on a track equal distances apart.... on an oval... the faster trains will catch up and try to derail the others.... one control for all trains....


now just for my future plannings.. I was thinking of adding a turntable at the end of my setup (already have turntable - electronic) but here is where i dont understand...

ok... track oval is an oval....
you do 1 breakout to the turntable
the turntable track piece isnt connected to the main track which your transformer works on.... sooooo is my thinking correct...

1 transformer for track... 1 transformer for turntable... 1 transformer on track on other side???

i was thinking of having 4/5 trains and just keep them all on the track on the outside of the turntable then you can choose which one and go from there....
thank you for asking this... I'm not to that stage yet, but have thought about that and wondered how I would get it accomplished

and thank you TJ for that... that seems to make sense to me... although it does boggle my mind a little.
 

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thank you for asking this... I'm not to that stage yet, but have thought about that and wondered how I would get it accomplished

and thank you TJ for that... that seems to make sense to me... although it does boggle my mind a little.
yeah i think i got it... mainly what he is saying is easy....
kinda like what i was saying in mine too...

say in my case... I want 5 trains.. so i will use 5 connectors on the turntable...
to each i will run wires (one from each) to switches.... also im not sure about the turntable as i havent looked at it but im guessing you have to get power to that track in the same way..... then power to the main track leaving...

so i want 2-3 trains running.. so i can use different switches run from different transformers.... it is starting to make sense.....
 

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I gotcha... and I'm with you, its starting to all fall into place.
 

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yeah i went and took it out... it isnt working right.... it is the atlast with motor...
not sure what is up with it but will check it out another day...

but i just hooked up one of the train controllers and set it on a low setting...
it started to go around.. but only got to the next set and sat there with gears spinning.. so maybe a dead spot in the gears...

but that also made me check some of it out... i took it apart.. and manually spun the primary gear and it went round and round... all other gears looked ok but you never know....

i also noticed a spot for power that is where i believe it gets its power to the train... so now it is falling into place even more....
it is this one
http://www.trainsetsonly.com/page/TSO/PROD/150-305

so for $25... i have the motor... so looks like i just drop my motor on and go....
 

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its a good price... and you can make it look really good to with some work. My local train shop has one, and you can tell he did some work on it... pretty much covered all of the top of the turntable with ballast and put a fence around it that covered up the edge... I think the motor for it covers the hand crank, and like you said, for $25 you have a beautiful turntable.

when you get it and install it, can you post some pics... turntables are my favorite thing about layouts... which has me thinking more and more about the mini layout posted by choo choo where the guy built his own and makes me want to do it more and more
 
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