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Offline 2ndChancer  
#1 Posted : 02 May 2007 14:44:33(UTC)

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Location: Hong Kong,
Hi all,
Can anyone suggest a reasonable length of isolation track for us as staging yard purpose ?


Offline DaleSchultz  
#2 Posted : 02 May 2007 17:57:53(UTC)

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well, will you be running with computer control or not? It makes a difference in my opinion.
If you will be controlling the train by computer you will need small contact areas at the entrance, near the end and at the end of each track. These need to be short as they are used for 'point' position feedback so the computer knows where the leading axle of the train is. The computer does not need to know track occupancy as that is trivially tracked in the software.

If you do not plan on using software, and you want to have track occupancy, (say an LED indicating that 'something' is there, then you want it to run the length of the track, or at least the end where you _know_ at least one axle of the train will be.

See http://layout.mixmox.com/1/computer_control
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Offline Ross  
#3 Posted : 03 May 2007 01:43:36(UTC)

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Location: Sydney, NSW
Hi Eric, I have my contact 35mm in length for normal position contacts and longer contacks for track occupied contacts. At the end of sidings I have them about 300mm long.
Hope this helps, Ross
Offline 2ndChancer  
#4 Posted : 03 May 2007 15:10:06(UTC)

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Location: Hong Kong,
Thanks Dale and Ross

I am not using computer control for the time being, it's just the 6021,memory and keyboard combo.
I've been mixing up contact track and the stop track. I've been missing the point of computer control, where you don't even need a stop track. Since my layout will only consist of 2 and 3 tracks storage, a classical 7244 and srk config will do the job. (In fact I don't even need the memory)

It's very inspiring having all this discussion, and when time come up for computer control, I am sure there'll be more I will ask.

Thank you so much

Offline rschaffr  
#5 Posted : 03 May 2007 16:20:00(UTC)

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I make my contact tracks at least as long as the wheel spacing on my longest coach. My system monitors not only when the contact has been triggered, but also when the train has cleared the location, hence I need constant contact while the train is over the contact track.
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