Model train switching with a toggle switch and LEDs

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  1. Aminnich

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    Hey guys, I got back into my train layout this past week and it's time to do some wiring. For my turnouts I'm using the Tam Valley Depot servo motors. I want to use a toggle switch as the input, but also have LEDs lit up showing which track the turnout to pointing to. The toggle switch and LEDs would all be on the control board. The owner of Tam Valley Depot told me he has seen it done, but he didn't know how they did it. If you guys could help me out, that would be great, thanks!!
     
  2. JohnInTX

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    The easy way is to use a DPDT swith instead of the standard SPDT. The second set of contacts control the LED.
     
  3. Aminnich

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    Thanks, I'll try that out
     
  4. djsfantasi

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    Are you using toggle switches now to control the turnout servo motors? The controllers on the Tam Valley page are for DCC (a model railroad bus protocol for controlling engines and accessories).
     
  5. Aminnich

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    No not yet. But I'm not using the DCC model, I'm using the octopus 3
     
  6. djsfantasi

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    Ok. The site doesn't seem to have documentation on how to wire a toggle switch to the controller. But if you have used a SPDT switch to control the servos through the octopus III, @JohnInTX 's idea should work.
     
  7. Aminnich

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    They actually do show you how to wire the toggle switch
     
  8. djsfantasi

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    On the web site? Just for my personal curiosity, do you have the link? Thanks.
     
  9. Aminnich

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  10. djsfantasi

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    New culpa. Never went to the bottom of the page, as the Octoous III description ended above.

    On another point, the circuits presented there also show how to connect indicator LEDs. With momentary toggles, could that solve your problem?
     
  11. Aminnich

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    Yes it will haha, sorry did not see that
     
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