My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

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Re: My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

Post by torikoos » Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:02 pm

Hi Brian,

These turnout motors have a small electric motor similar to a Fulgurex or Tortoise motor, but don't have such a reduction that they can be called 'slow motion', they're still fairly fast, but not as 'instant' as a SEEP or Peco 'motor'. Also see this thread for a video of them in action.
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I power them with good old 'analog' AC power, I use a 16V AC power supply. I throw them by using momentary push buttons. They have a micro switch that turns the power off to the motor at the end of the throw, so you can't burn them.
There is a version of this motor that has a second micro-switch , for the purpose of powering a frog (useful for an electro frog turnout).
The advantage of momentary push buttons is that you can install multiple of them (one pair on each side of the module board for example) for the same turn out, so that operating them makes the module flexible in it's orientation.

As said, there are two versions, one without additional micro switch, and one with:
Here's the links to them:
Without polarity switch: http://www.conrad-uk.com/ce/en/product/ ... egory&rb=1
With: http://www.conrad-uk.com/ce/en/product/ ... view1&rb=1
Multi pack: http://www.conrad-uk.com/ce/en/product/ ... view1&rb=2

As you'll note on their pages, they also do the fulgurex and one made by Tillig (which is also a good motor: http://www.conrad-uk.com/ce/en/product/ ... -Universal)

You can also throw them using a digital interface , the dutch firm Digirails makes an adaptor board for them to do this, and I believe there are others, but I prefer to throw my turnouts locally on the boards, independent from any DCC system.
Due to their electrical construction , they don't operate straight forward on DC power, so AC is definitely the easiest and cheapest way forward.

As far as reliability is concerned, so far I have no problems, but I must also note that I have not used them very regular so far.
as with any turn out motor, fine tuning the throw takes a little time and patience, but I've not had a derailment (writing that is probably tempting faith) yet.....

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Re: My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

Post by BrianMoore » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:33 am

For this, much thanks. Lots to take in and think about.

Great stuff, Koos.
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Re: My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

Post by torikoos » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:07 am

Hi Brian, you're welcome, I believe I have one 'spare' at home, that I am happy for you to try out?
That one does not have the second switch for an electro frog, and I'm not sure I have the bit of 'music wire' with that one, but that's easily substituted.

Let me know.

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Re: My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

Post by torikoos » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:47 am

In view of my intention to try and get the module home and ready for the september Hilltop meet, I've been busy finishing of some base scenery. Just some ground foam basically, and some base paint on some roads, which looks better than plywood and white plaster.



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More grass by K2K Koos, on Flickr


And here a bracket fitted to the module end. (and yes that plant in the background shed loads of leaves when I bumped into it, that will go in the coffee grinder to make more natural 'forrest floor' . :-)
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Re: My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

Post by Gloriousnse » Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:09 am

Think you're using the html not the bbcode version of the link?
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Re: My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

Post by torikoos » Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:15 am

Well that's odd, I did click BBcode, I'm going to try one more time... and it worked, how weird.....
I returned to my flickr page and BBcode was selected as default, I switched to HTML, then back to BBcode and it worked.

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Re: My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

Post by Gloriousnse » Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:28 am

That's sorted it :)

Looking good! Look forward to seeing it later in the month.
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Re: My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

Post by torikoos » Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:01 pm

I also received my SP commuter cars today. I couldn't resist taking them out of the box to check how they fit along the 'platform' at Wolter Springs.
I think the platform length could be very functional. :-)

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Re: My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

Post by BrianMoore » Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:32 pm

Rob is bringing his two brass commute coaches to the meet as well, so we will be able to facilitate a service across the layout.
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Re: My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

Post by Mike_R » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:14 pm

Looks like I'll have to try and have some half decent scenery on my corner! Track is laid and the wiring finished. I still have to make some legs, then scenery.
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Re: My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

Post by torikoos » Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:19 pm

Well it's getting there by the sounds of it all.

My module have also now made the journey through the channel tunnel, and are resting on top of our trailer tent in my garage.
I hope to set them up this weekend at home to do a little more work on.
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Re: My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

Post by BrianMoore » Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:13 pm

torikoos wrote:Well it's getting there by the sounds of it all.

My module have also now made the journey through the channel tunnel, and are resting on top of our trailer tent in my garage.
I hope to set them up this weekend at home to do a little more work on.
Such dedication, Mr F.

Look forward to seeing (and playing with them!) in eight days' time.
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Re: My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

Post by Gloriousnse » Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:41 pm

Like! :)
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Re: My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

Post by torikoos » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:42 pm

Work on my module has progressed at home. On this wet Sunday afternoon, I set the boards up in our conservatory, and mostly added more areas with static grass, a few trees and I decided to use wooden planks I had to build an older wooden railway platform. Plank by plank... Pictures will follow.

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Updated: Here's the pictures promised, I discovered after the fact that I must have had some dirt on the lens as they're a bit fuzzy, but you get the idea:
first some planks.

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Scenery progress Wolter springs by K2K Koos, on Flickr

And here's an overview of the area:

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Scenery progress Wolter springs by K2K Koos, on Flickr

And a bit of a detail shot:

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Scenery progress Wolter springs by K2K Koos, on Flickr
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Re: My NMRA-BR spec module 'Wolter Springs'

Post by torikoos » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:20 pm

Updated with pics now. ;-)


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