Multiple Location Control For Twin Coil Switch Machines

  This circuit allows twin coil switch machines to be controlled from two, or more, locations using a SPDT and DPDT toggle swithes.

  The driver reqires two capacitors for each switch machine.

  The toggle switch handles do not indictate the positon of the turnout.

  LEDs can be added to the circuit to indicate the positon of the turnout.

  If a toggle switch is thrown when no power is applied to the switch machine driver, the turnout will be in the wrong position with respect to the toggles (and LEDs). Changing the position of any toggle switch after power is restored will correct the indication.

  External relays can be added to the circuit.

Switch Machines With Separate Coils

Turnouts Thrown From 2 Locations

Turnouts Thrown From 2 Locations With LEDs

Turnouts Thrown From 3 Locations

Switch Machines With Common Connected Coils

Turnouts Thrown From 2 Locations

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13 February, 2021