Hi. garth its thomas.cipelle love the rok track found nolonger have sort cars by weight and length pulling 31 car train mixing AZl autorack and other AZL cars and mtl as well robert ray kits zero problems.all my marklin engines cross switches slow speed using 220 curves long straight peices. did have problem left had switch rail raised between frog and the throw track seem when machined was litte out lign. so took drift moved forward then CA it back down with clamp solved problem alex offerd replace it told him heck hey did,t make it was no need. Wish was the metal connects aviable for track still intend use all 3 types track Rok MTL and Marklin. Reason being we run 10 to 12 shows year like show people whats aviable.due like Rok power pack notice marklin engines run on it stay 50% cooler motors like the switch toggles also now want circle 195 plus 2- 13 degree curves reguards thomas and gayle
--- On Mon, 5/30/11, Garth Hamilton <garth.a.hamilton@...> wrote:
From: Garth Hamilton <garth.a.hamilton@...>
Subject: [Z_Scale] Re: Rokuhan track survey questions.
To: "japanese-z-scale" <Japanese-Z-Scale@yahoogroups.com>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Monday, May 30, 2011, 8:33 PM
The consensus so far is Rokuhan is on the right track with what they
are doing and no one wants to return to twin coil 3 wire switch
control. There were some wants that filtered through
1. hidden track feed from below road bed so no wires on layout surface.
replacement metal rail joiners, replacement roadbed joiners, Insulated
bridges and piers
I did find some answers to switch control using other than what
Rokuhan is supplying.
for DCC from Digitrax the DS51K1 MSRP $14.99
http://www.digitrax.com/prd_statdec_ds51k1.php there are other options
for boards that will control more than one switch at DSIgitrax.
Manuals are available on line for download in PDF format.
You could use the switch extension cable to provide a socket and pig
tails to get a plug in connection to this module from the turnout and
a track feed cable to get a connection to the track to connect to
For those wanting to build a custom control panel Stapleton
Electronics supplies parts kits and completely assemble modules to
control bipolar single coil switch motors for about $8.00 for fully
assembled module plus shipping. Here you just need to cut off the
modular plug and solder the wire leads to the board. This board also
includes drive for LED position indicators for the turnouts.
Ken Stapleton Electronics also build a module that can be mounted in a
control panel which allows for control of a bi-polar single coil
switch machine with indicating LEDs at $8.00 per unit. igitrax
On Sun, May 29, 2011 at 10:20 PM, Garth Hamilton
> Rokuhan has received several requests for three wire control from
> various sources for their turnouts.
> 1. is this because some are resisting change?
> 2. is it because new users are not familiar with the control system?
> Would a DCC turnout control module be desirable?
> 3. Would a tutorial on how to put to-gether discreet components to
> allow one to build your own custom control panel be useful?
> 4. Would you be happy with external switch machines like on Marlin and
> Micro Trains to get three wire control and twin coil turnout motors?
> 5.Is their resistance to using the components of a plug and play track system?
> 6. is this because you want to do you own wiring?
> 7.Do you want a blind track feed point from below the road bed like
> those found on Kato unitrack?
> 8.Do you need insulated rail joiners so you can do block wiring?
> 9. with the new turnout controller which can be feed from AC auxiliary
> power from your existing power pack is there still a need to go to 3
> wire control?( going to wire control could mean no under the road bed
> turnout motors)
> please e-mail me direct until there is a request to see the answers
> on line. It will help me tabulate the answers if you answer in point
> form using the same numbers as I have.
> 10. is there a need to document how to use slow motion acutators to
> control these switches?
> cheerz Garth
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