Extending the DCC power bus

Wiring is still the name of the game at the moment, so here are a few shots of one of the Tortoise point motors being wired up.

Wiring up the Tortoise point motors
The blue and white wires go to the Tortoise’s connections 1 and 8 respectively, driving the motor. These blue and white wires are, in turn, connected to the orange and green wires bringing the commands from the Lenz LS150 turnout decoder. The red and black wires are the DCC ‘power bus’. Here they are supplying power to the point rails above, but also go to the Tortoise’s connections 2 and 3, which connect to one of the internal SPDT auxiliary switches. This changes the polarity of the frog via the green wire at connection 4.

Wiring up the Tortoise point motors
The wire tie just helps to keep everything tidy.

The three Tortoise point motors are now wired to the Lenz LS150 turnout decoder
The three Tortoise point motors are now wired to the Lenz LS150 turnout decoder.

Extending the DCC power bus
Extending the DCC power bus.

Finally I have extended the DCC ‘power bus’ from the point motors, to take power to the incline track.

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