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#1 Posted : 11 September 2019 11:08:40(UTC)
Bogenschütze

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I'm a newbie and have been using a C-track digital starter set with two turnouts. Both are now digitally controlled with 74491 motors and 74461 decoders using my MS2 and work absolutely fine. I'm developing my track plan from the basic oval and am using the two turnouts as a double track crossover. My question is that instead of assigning each decoder a separate address and switching them independently, can I set the DIP switches to the same address and switch both turnouts simultaneously? I think it should be possible but am concerned that the extra current draw may damage the equipment or be insufficient to efficiently operate the motors. Does anyone have any experience of this? I would be pleased to learn if it's possible.
The train set I never had as a child.
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#2 Posted : 11 September 2019 12:04:07(UTC)
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Hi there,

And welcome to the forumThumpUp

Yes you can have 2 turnouts with same address. Unless you are planning to switch a lot of turnouts at the exact same time I don’t think you need to worry about in rush current. It would be no different than e.g. a solenoid signal and turnout switching at the same time.

See also link here:

https://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/32845

Best Regards
Lasse
Digital 11m2 layout / C (M&K) tracks / Era IV / CS3 60226 / Train Controller Gold 9 with 4D sound. Mainly Danish and German Locomotives.
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#3 Posted : 11 September 2019 12:25:50(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Danlake Go to Quoted Post
Hi there,

And welcome to the forumThumpUp

Yes you can have 2 turnouts with same address. Unless you are planning to switch a lot of turnouts at the exact same time I don’t think you need to worry about in rush current. It would be no different than e.g. a solenoid signal and turnout switching at the same time.

See also link here:

https://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/32845

Best Regards
Lasse


Many thanks for your warm welcome and prompt answer with the link. I would only be switching turnouts individually or in pairs so your answer is very useful and reassuring. ThumpUp
The train set I never had as a child.
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