Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tuesday 12-Feb-2013 Update

Update - Turntable

Finally got the power supply in and after testing to ensure voltage (15 VDC) began install.

First step was running the Buss. I use 12g multi-strand wire. Using a tree with Buss from center, it runs right and left, with branch per level. This limits max length of any run from DCC control to 50-60 ft. Also designed to support using circuit breakers and boosters into mix.

Once done, I hooked up the feeders from the buss to the control box, along with the power feed. The Walther's Turntable is really nice and the instructions are very good. One concern I had was the angle of tracks. The template shows 10 degree for the Walther's roundhouse. I have two old Kibri roundhouses (look a lot like C&S in 1910-30). They have a 15 degree entry. Would they be compatible? Walther's came through, the settings can be done at any entry angle.

I should note I have the pre-built non-DCC, not the kit. I understand the pre-built DCC is the same except DCC control along with control box. I have heard horror stories about kits, so stayed far away from them. A note on power, A Forum post said Walther's recommended the Minatronics 15 VDC 1 AMP power supply. Got mine of e-bay for 6 bucks and it seems to work great. Some people had issues with 12 VDC supplies. There were recommendations for 15 VAC power supplies, but I stuck to the Minatronics equivalent.

Here is the installed turntable installed with some temporary tracks in place. Using my RRamp meter to show bridge power and DCC control present.

The control box is simple plastic box, but it can be mounted flush or handheld. Connections are 4 wire inputs and a RJ-45 connection to turntable. Install was simple. Control consists of 2 buttons and 2 direction control arrows. When programming you can make micro adjustments. One thing I'm going to do is set the turntable, then place the track in final position and secure. That way I can be 100% certain of alignment.

Once programmed TT moves smoothly and quietly to a post just past track and then backs up for final alignment to rail.

All said and done, as of now this is a product I can recommend. Just remember to keep covered when not in use to protect from dust.

Thanks Cameron

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