Installing a turnout motor

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Installing a turnout motor

Post by torikoos » Mon May 20, 2013 8:26 pm

Hi all,

I've recently installed a couple of turnout motors, made and supplied by Conrad electronics.
The link to this motor is here: http://www.conrad-uk.com/ce/en/product/ ... -Mechanism
It costs only £3,99 , and has a micro switch to use for switching of the frog polarity or other uses. It might not be a Tortoise, or a Fulgurex motor, but it might prove sufficient for your use/budget, small project or other uses. I've decided to use them on my NMRA-BR spec module, and see how they withstand the test of time.
Here are two Youtube videos I made, one from above, and one from below, seeing it in action. It is not a 'slow motion' motor, but it's a bit more gentle than a Peco motor or similar design. The videos were uploaded directly to Youtube using the free app 'Youtube Capture' for iPhone.

Koos


Part one, from above.

Part two, from below.
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Re: Installing a turnout motor

Post by BrianMoore » Mon May 20, 2013 8:45 pm

They look fab. Cheap, and less "immediate" than PECO motors.
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Re: Installing a turnout motor

Post by torikoos » Mon May 20, 2013 8:56 pm

BrianMoore wrote:They look fab. Cheap, and less "immediate" than PECO motors.
Yes they are quite good for the money. They are genuine motor driven, but the gears don't have such a big reduction, so the speed is still fairly high.
However if you'd lower the voltage to them, they'd operate slower still, but I find this 'good enough'.
They also have an auto shut off at end of throw, so if you leave the switch depressed , they're not humming etc and can't burn out that way. In addition, they don't draw a lot of power either (the specs say 13mA at 16VAC) , so I'd recommend to give them a try.
Out of the 'box' they operate on AC, the leads to the motor are equipped with diodes, so effectively they operate in 'half wave' mode already, when on AC.

Koos
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