Layout Signals/Lights - DCC / Suggestions?

Adam Senior Nov 23, 2021

  1. Adam Senior

    Adam Senior New Member

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    Good afternoon everyone — I'm contemplating adding some of the atlas signals to my layout. I'm running Kato Unitrack with a DCC setup. The artistic side of things is where I shine — so I get a little lost on some of the lighting aspects of my layout. I am wanting to add the extra elements and wondered if anyone had any suggestions. Video guides? — Possibly I add some lights with easy switches? – It would be nice if kato had DCC compatible automated lighting similar to their crossing gate.

    Happy for any suggestions.

    Regards,

    Adam.
     
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  2. wpsnts

    wpsnts TrainBoard Supporter

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    Adam,
    Check your conversations file.
     
  3. Dave Kerr

    Dave Kerr TrainBoard Member

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    By coincidence, I was looking at signals yesterday, comparing the N scale stuff to the real thing.

    I prefer non-powered only but the Atlas units impressed me. I already have an operating Kato
    signal on my DC layout. It is pretty cool.


    Dave:
     
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  4. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    The signal aspects change upon a train activating a simple timer, right? I've never seen one work, but it does indeed seem cool.
     
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  5. freddy_fo

    freddy_fo TrainBoard Member

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    Logic Rail Technologies makes a 3 aspect 2 light signal animator that uses IR detection. The IR LED and photocell are typically mounted in the roadbed so retrofitting existing track may be tricky but I did it on my layout.

    Model Train Technology makes a trackside IR detector with utility box cover if you don't want to mess with track bed. These would be used with the signal animator I mentioned above.

    If you want to control manually ESU sells a signalpilot that will allow you to control signals using the accessory functions on your DCC command station. There are 16 outputs so 5 3 aspect signal heads can be controlled with it.
     
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