Got a quick DCC question. Most controllers (some) have a seperate output for DCC programming track, so allow you to actually program the DCC decoder in the locomotive, normally (hopefully) this is a one time instance, however what I have done, is put a seperate siding the size of the largest loco off the main track with electric points etc. The track the loco is coded up on, is isolated on both rails - although in practice only one rail needs to be isolated. Is there any way/DCC component or part that will allow me to wire both wires from the contoller programming track output to the isolated track section, then when I have done this, I can issue a DCC command to drop power from outside the isolated section into the isolated section, then drive the loco out the siding onto the main track? I know I could use a manual lever (on/off) to do the bridging of one or two wires and this would work, but can something like that be done in DCC without the manual level intervention. For example, some sort of bridging switch that will carry the current from 1 rail outside the isolation into the isolated section, then all I need to do is tell my controller to switch it on/off? Can this be done with a points accessory? or something similar? or maybe a pulse points motor that pulls/pushes a small micro-switch on/off? or is there something already made/built/sold that does this already?
11 years ago