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?
10 years ago