With the first turnouts and Tortoise point motors in place at ‘Overdale Quarry’ and armed with some industrial sized reels of equipment wire from Maplin’s, it is time to start animating some of the track work using the Lenz DCC control system.
To keep things simple to work on I made another control cabinet at this corner of the layout. This will house the static decoders like the Lenz LS150, one of which I have already installed.
The Lenz LS150 installed and wired up to the first Tortoise point motor.
The 2 rectifier diodes per output are needed to allow the LS150, with AC voltage, to drive the Tortoise switch machine, which normally requires DC voltage.
The first two Tortoise motors all wired up to the detachable card edge connectors, which makes soldering easier.
A third Tortoise is now installed and completes the point motors at this end of Overdale Quarry.