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One problem I did think of though was being able to get the power to the layout. If I was only powering the track it would be simple to just a 6.5mm phono plug and socket in the dead center. However I wanted to be able to power on and off lighting and other mechanical accessories.
Dose anyone have any suggestions about getting power from the fixed base to a rotating layout?
Adrian wrote:Another idea is to use the phono plug as you suggested and then control the whole layout using DCC. The accessories could either be controlled by stationary decoders or even loco decoders using the accessory lines.
Adrian wrote:Another fun option is after building the layout mount 3 wheels under it and motorize one of them and have the whole thing revolve under its own power ...... great fun !
If you use a decoder with lots of functions you could use these to operate some of the 'accessories' that you want from the controller with just a simple button press without changing addresses.Yes I had thought of this option as well. The loco I've built has no room for a decoder even a z scale one but I could just use the Motor output from the decoder straight to the track as I'll only ever have the one loco on the layout (well at any one time anyway).
If you include three upside-down fixed castor type wheels ( from Bunnings or similar ) from the start it means that you can rotate the whole layout easily by hand both when building or displaying it. When or if you decide to motorize it it's only a simple (?) matter of motorizing one of the wheels ..... the rest of the system being already in place.will however try to design the board and base in such a way that it can be converted at some later stage without destroying the work that I would have already done.
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