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Offline Carlos  
#1 Posted : 13 May 2022 16:35:20(UTC)
Carlos

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Location: Freeport, New York
Hello everyone:
I'm about to build a new layout with two or three different branches and in one of the branches I want to automate two locomotives; #1 stops when arrives to the station and start before locomotive #2 arrives to the same train station. I know that I need the contact tracks 24995, but what else do I need beside ? I own the Central Station 20216 +

Thank you in advance, regards,

Carlos

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Offline marklinist5999  
#2 Posted : 13 May 2022 20:45:10(UTC)
marklinist5999

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Hi Carlos! The CS3+ is already equiped for an S-88 feedback decoder, so you'll need one to connect the contact tracks to. It sends the data back to the CS3 to trigger events via the contact tracks. Eack S-88 can handle up to 6 contact tracks, circuit tracks, or reed switches. It needs only one common ground wire. That's about all, unless you want signals. You can always add them later.
You can also make contact tracks, if you understand the current flow, but be careful you don't cut the wrong tabs on the bottom, or the track will be ruined.
You usually need to lengthen a contact track section so longer cars will work, and that also requires snipping a tab at the track ends between the contact tracks, so the current doesn't reach it unles wheels are on it.
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Offline Carlos  
#3 Posted : 13 May 2022 21:40:30(UTC)
Carlos

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Originally Posted by: marklinist5999 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Carlos! The CS3+ is already equiped for an S-88 feedback decoder, so you'll need one to connect the contact tracks to. It sends the data back to the CS3 to trigger events via the contact tracks. Eack S-88 can handle up to 6 contact tracks, circuit tracks, or reed switches. It needs only one common ground wire. That's about all, unless you want signals. You can always add them later.
You can also make contact tracks, if you understand the current flow, but be careful you don't cut the wrong tabs on the bottom, or the track will be ruined.
You usually need to lengthen a contact track section so longer cars will work, and that also requires snipping a tab at the track ends between the contact tracks, so the current doesn't reach it unles wheels are on it.


Hi Marklinist5999
Thank you, I going to buy the s-88 right now and before building the new layout I'll be trying. I Hope will work.

Regards,

Carlos
Offline rhfil  
#4 Posted : 14 May 2022 00:42:28(UTC)
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You might also want to install a circuit track far enough ahead of the rear of consist #1 to allow it to clear the station before #2 hits it.
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Offline Carlos  
#5 Posted : 14 May 2022 18:58:44(UTC)
Carlos

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Originally Posted by: rhfil Go to Quoted Post
You might also want to install a circuit track far enough ahead of the rear of consist #1 to allow it to clear the station before #2 hits it.


Thank you for your information


Offline bgemski  
#6 Posted : 15 May 2022 00:50:35(UTC)
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Hi Carlos,
Look up the YouTube channel Model Train Fun. The channel author has videos on this exact topics presented in an easy to understand way as well.
Good luck I hope this helps
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Offline marklinist5999  
#7 Posted : 15 May 2022 01:01:42(UTC)
marklinist5999

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Yes, Model train fun is excellent! He's quite knowledgable.
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Offline Carlos  
#8 Posted : 15 May 2022 14:56:01(UTC)
Carlos

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Location: Freeport, New York
Originally Posted by: bgemski Go to Quoted Post
Hi Carlos,
Look up the YouTube channel Model Train Fun. The channel author has videos on this exact topics presented in an easy to understand way as well.
Good luck I hope this helps


Thank you bgemski about Model Train Fun, Will be very helpful.

Regards,
Carlos
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