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Jerry Martin
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Posted - 12/13/2018 :  5:39:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone, question concerning turnouts for Hon3, I see insulfrogs by Peco and would like to know if anyone is using them? I also note on Micro Scale that they say their turnouts are DCC friendly?
I am planning a Hon3 layout and would like to know if anyone could give some insight as to which turnouts need the least as far as modification. My last layout I used a wire to heat every frog and gapped my rails but would like simple , ie no extra wiring if I can get away with it. Would like to spend less time under the layout.
Any suggestions information would be greatly appreciated....Jerry

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Engine Wiper

Posted - 12/13/2018 :  8:40:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm still a newbie and haven't started wiring yet, but I've been building my turnouts using fastracks jigs. Really easy and you can make as many as you need.

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Posted - 12/17/2018 :  3:43:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

You can have easy or good conductivity, but not both. Insulated frogs prevent creating an electrical path between the + and - rail when the turnout is thrown. If the frog is not insulated then a gap has to be cut into one of the rails and the frog powered separately. You don't have to power the frog if the engines you plan to run will be long enough to span the dead portion of the turnout and still have drivers on the "hot" rail for electrical pickup, but you'll still probably have some stalling issues over the frogs.


There's a prototype for everything.
If you can't make it perfect, make it adjustable.
DCC is not plug and play.

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Posted - 12/22/2018 :  10:14:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Usually, smaller, lighter equipment has more trouble with wheel/rail contact. This is exacerbated by few wheels (like 4-wheel critters) or when not all the wheels actually pick up power (almost all brass steam, many plastic steamers' leading and trailing trucks etc.). So for HOn3, I'd almost certainly power all frogs, ensure the points are fed too, etc. Power routing turnouts can be difficult for visiting operators with no experience on when to line which turnouts, but so can locos stalling at the flutter of a butterfly's wing.

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