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looking at options of controlling those peco switch machines and came across this website http://home.cogeco.ca/~rpaisley4/

i really like the idea of relegating the high currents from buttons to semiconductor components so i looked at his transistor controlled circuit.

this looks prommissing

 

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Are you sure you do not use a momentary switch?
I'll take a second look.
Second look didn't help.
Are we on DCC with 20 v DC current. The switches I use are AC my old HO AHM switches are AC.
 

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ordered parts required to build CDU's for 15 turnouts and about 4 charging supplies for them.prototype boards will be coming from ebay but to my surprise discrete parts were Significantly cheaper on your average electronic parts retailer. ordered from newark.com, liked working with it much better then digikey as far as finding best priced alternatives . hopefully processing and shiping will be at least on par.

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i really like the great length newark went about packaging. inside the package separate carton boxes for lots of items. they seem to be aware and cater to hobby crowd.
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Ladies and gentelmen, here it is :D
and the most awesome part - surprisingly it even works! :D


powered by separate 18V suply for HP printer



here is the voltage comparator based current blocking charge unit with 2 discharge transistors. basically ready to operate 1 turnout as is . LED indicates "charged". while i'm not going to see it normally i chose to keep it for troubleshooting purposes (and since i really like glowing LEDs). activation of coils is by shorting the appropriate double pin headers. the 2 wire terminals on the left connect to additional discharge boards (6 channels - 3 turnouts each). the lone pin header carries the comparator input to the next boards.

no sticky welded buttons and burned out coils for me :D
it does look quite ugly but it will be hidden from view anyways. i still need to see if the 25V 2200mF capacitor will throw more then one turnout at once.

 

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Which pins did you use on the lm393n? asking because i would like to build the same CDU Thanks in return.
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Here is the pin outs for the LM393N
LM393N.JPG
Here are the pin outs on here for you
CDU.jpg
 

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Thank you, i will try it and see if i can get it to work.Or as we say in this part of the world lekker like cracker
 

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Ladies and gentelmen, here it is :D
and the most awesome part - surprisingly it even works! :D


powered by separate 18V suply for HP printer



here is the voltage comparator based current blocking charge unit with 2 discharge transistors. basically ready to operate 1 turnout as is . LED indicates "charged". while i'm not going to see it normally i chose to keep it for troubleshooting purposes (and since i really like glowing LEDs). activation of coils is by shorting the appropriate double pin headers. the 2 wire terminals on the left connect to additional discharge boards (6 channels - 3 turnouts each). the lone pin header carries the comparator input to the next boards.

no sticky welded buttons and burned out coils for me :D
it does look quite ugly but it will be hidden from view anyways. i still need to see if the 25V 2200mF capacitor will throw more then one turnout at once.

Ok. The schematic calls for 4 caps; your design has 7. Why?
 

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Skip all that. Way too many parts and an awkward power supply.

These are 12v dc units designed by a guy named Ken Stapleton. They work great. My feelin' was by the time I acquired the parts I didn't already have and assemble it on a universal perfboard I would be wastin a lot of space. It would be mine but it wouldn't be very elegant.

He'll sell you just the board, a kit of parts, assembled units or you can get the schematic off his site for nutin.

Very compact. Not exactly surface mount small but gettin there.

One per switch , mounts to control panel (or remote if you like), separate places to mount or wire indicator leds.

 

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Some of these CDU circuits are a bit of overkill.

Here is a more simple and less costly version that
will power more than one twin coil motor at a time.
You need only one for your layout not matter how
many turnouts you have.

It's available as kit or completed.

http://www.talkingelectronics.com/p...way Projects/75 Model Railway Projects.html#7

I built my own with Radio Shack parts using a
Kalmbach book circuit.

Don
 
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