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Old 02-04-2018, 07:18 PM   #11
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Hi Miles Away. Many thanks for the reply.....

So I will buy the SB5 for the NCE as suggested by Tinker to upgrade to 5amps and then invest in the Alpha system to run an independent DCC bus to run points and signals

I think I've got it right?
That sounds like a plan.

Have a good read up on the Alpha stuff.

You can either connect it all to the SB5, plugged in like another cab, or use Alpha to create a separate DCC accessory bus, for which you'll need either the Sniffer, or the Alpha Box + its Alpha Power supply, depending on accessory power requirements.

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Old 02-04-2018, 07:21 PM   #12
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Thanks Tinker. Will look into making my own panel. Like your setup by the way. Looks brilliant
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Old 02-04-2018, 07:23 PM   #13
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Thanks Miles. That's my bedtime reading sorted.
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Old 02-04-2018, 07:30 PM   #14
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Panel with switches + LED's connected directly to the point motors on the layout = 10 million miles of wire etc.

Panel with switches + LED's connected to the Alpha encoder = 2 wires to the layout.

Option one = very cheap, but lots of wire and work. Potential for multiple points of failure etc.

Option two = more expensive, but not excessively so. Much less wiring. If arranged to link into the DCC system, it then provides the ability to operate points and signals by the panel, the handset and optionally, via a computer software package (JMRI, Train Controller etc.).

Horses for courses etc.


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Thanks again Miles and looking at it realistically I think I'll go for option 2 to cut down on the wiring

Thanks all for your input
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Old 04-04-2018, 12:20 AM   #16
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Take a look at the NCE Mini Panel here as well.
https://ncedcc.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/...ion-Controller
Connects in as part of the NCE DCC bus.
About $50 US.
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