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Offline Pfalzbahn  
#1 Posted : 25 October 2019 04:45:24(UTC)
Pfalzbahn

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Location: Pennsylvania,
Hallo out there,

typically I have in front of every signal a simple insulated track, usually a flex K-track (90 cm). I intend to use the Bogobit break modules, thus the engine comes gradually to a stop yet the functions remain active.

Does anybody have experience with these break modules? Would anybody know of less expensive alternatives since I have a large number of signals on my layout.

Pfalzbahn
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Offline river6109  
#2 Posted : 25 October 2019 06:35:11(UTC)
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Junior member,

although there are several manufacturers of these braking modules I was in the same boat and finished up buying a cheaper braking module than Märklin (IEK) and copied the electronic components and circuits and since than I've manufactured about 40 or 50 of them., this illustrates the overall cost I've saved by building it myself.

https://www.ebay.de/itm/...ee91:g:a0sAAOSwBLlVbddE, his previous braking modules also included a 3 pin connector with an independent power supply

https://www.ebay.de/itm/...70c6f:g:N2AAAOSw3fxb6FzI

which I've started using on my Brawa station platform signs to activate the track number.

my other initiative was to build my own sensor which so far has been very successful, its a reflective opto coupler which sits between sleepers and with either a slider or foil strip under the loco will activate the opt coupler and sends the pulse to the braking module to turn off or on the selected siding or station track. I also installed a second opto coupler close to the signal to switch turnouts but with a different type optocoupler.

John
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Offline danmarklinman  
#3 Posted : 25 October 2019 07:52:59(UTC)
danmarklinman

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Originally Posted by: Pfalzbahn Go to Quoted Post
Hallo out there,

typically I have in front of every signal a simple insulated track, usually a flex K-track (90 cm). I intend to use the Bogobit break modules, thus the engine comes gradually to a stop yet the functions remain active.

Does anybody have experience with these break modules? Would anybody know of less expensive alternatives since I have a large number of signals on my layout.

Pfalzbahn


Hi, I’ve just fitted two of the Märklin modules. They are a little expensive, but work very well. I used them on a passing loop section. It’s great to see the train come to a stand with full sound including the brake sound as well. Wireing is straightforward as well. I personally used Marklin locos with Marklin track and electronics. It’s difficult to go wrong?
I can upload a video of them working if you wish👍
Dan
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Offline Pfalzbahn  
#4 Posted : 26 October 2019 00:27:34(UTC)
Pfalzbahn

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Location: Pennsylvania,
Thanks, John & Dan for the response.

I'll compare the pricing of the ones from E-Bay versus Bogobit.

The Maerklin modules are a bit too expensive; I am looking at over 60 Signals on my layout. Bogobit may give me a quantity discount. Furthermore the Maerklin modules require sections in the insulated track which I don't have.

Cheers,

Pfalzbahn
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User is suspended until 03/02/2294 13:42:09(UTC) zofman  
#5 Posted : 26 October 2019 16:56:14(UTC)
zofman


Joined: 05/02/2011(UTC)
Posts: 26
Location: Diemen the Netherlands
To save money, you can build them yourself if you can translate this Dutch article
It is a copy of the original Marklin modules.

http://www.floodland.nl/aim/info_afremmodule_1.htm
Jan
Offline DaleSchultz  
#6 Posted : 26 October 2019 17:10:50(UTC)
DaleSchultz

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Originally Posted by: Pfalzbahn Go to Quoted Post
Would anybody know of less expensive alternatives since I have a large number of signals on my layout.


yes, don't use them, stay digital and simply use s88 style sensors to know when a train is present and let the digital system slow the train to a stop.
This is how the digital system is designed to work, not by mixing analog control system (brake modules) into a digital environment.

See the section on mixing analog and digital at https://cabin-layout.mixmox.com/2006/11/computer-control.html

If you have traffic going both directions on a track, you need to think about how a train will pass over the brake module in the other direction because the signal will be red for traffic going the other way....


Dale
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