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ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS

We have selected a basic range of good quality electronic components which is ideal for use in Model Railways for Control Panels and Track Circuits.

EDCC02
£265.00
Complete DCC Control System including Power transformer Prodigy Advance 2
Base Unit and Hand Controller and all connecting leads for a remarkably low price. Other similar systems cost between £500 and £900.

This is the very latest development in Control Systems for model Railways. It allows you to control 99 locos and accessories on the same track at the same time independently of each other,(if one person can manage to control more than 3 locos at any one time they deserve a medal). You can control points and signals sound chips and lighting all at the touch of a button. You can program routes for the loco so complex junctions can be negotiated with one single command.

The unique feature of this system is the ability to drive the train in the traditional manner by selecting the rotary knob to have a centre off position and by rotating left or right can make the loco go backwards or forwards as we are used to. Or you can select the rotary knob to act as a very fine control for slow running speeds.

There is programming for individual loco braking and performance characteristics. For such a complex piece of kit it is the easiest of controllers to master. The programming of functions has been very well thought out.

EDCC22
£24.45

Miniature DCC loco chip for the above system. Will plug install directly into the latest PIKO Taurus Diesel, or can be soldered into most TT Scale Locos.
1 amp/2 amp peak motor drive with 2 x 500mA functions

EDCC
TS4ASAP
£25.50

Small Decoders with self adjusting BEMF and Stay alive capacitors which means the chip will continue to store the locomotive settings even if the power is interupted Will plug install directly into the latest PIKO Taurus Diesel, or can be soldered into larger TT Scale Locos with space for the small capacitor.

1 amp motor drive with 4 x 200mA functions
EDCC
TSV01a

£12.95

Large 4 function Decoder 1 Amp/1.6 Amp Max
25mm x 16mm x 5mm

 
ED
£89.95
Gaugemaster Twin Track Controller
Twin track controller
COMBI
£39.95
Gaugemaster COMBI  Single Track Controller/ Plug in Transformer Combi Unit
EWM2
£17.95
Smooth 9V DC Power supply for Cobalt Point Motors 9V DC Power Supply
       
DCP150
£18.95

Cobalt is a high quality DC motor driven actuator created to be the best product available for turnout or signal control in any modelling scale.
Cobalt is smaller yet much stronger: While it is only 45% of the physical volume of its nearest competitor, it has a much higher gear ratio, superior throw strength and far greater stability than any other similar product at the end of throw.
Cobalt is quieter and more robust:
The design has been made much stronger than all of its competitors yet it is quiet in operation, by choosing higher quality plastics and specifying a heavy walled internal design that adds to stability while lowering mechanism resonances. Gears are specifically tooled for Cobalt and are made with the best available material which is fibre reinforced nylon for quiet operation, incredible reliability and long life.

Cobalt is incredibly reliable. High quality engineering plastic, top quality gold plated 1.6mm fibreglass PCBs and very careful design make it bulletproof... So we can very confidently give Cobalt the best warranty ever!
Cobalt is Guaranteed for Life!

Cobalt is voltage tolerant & low current: Even at its maximum, at recommended voltages it draws only 30mA (that is a tiny 30 thousandths of an amp) yet it works well at 6v and very, very strongly at anywhere between 9 volts... and 15 volts DC.
Cobalt can be powered via a small power supply and it can be switched by standard latching type switches, short term power such as pushbuttons or it can even be automated simply via use of DPDT relays.
Cobalt is totally comfortable with DCC decoders and any of the low power "stall type" accessory decoder with reversing power ability can be used. Additionally, by adding diodes, AC output DCC decoders with adequate supply voltages and adjustable pulse length can be used.
This power supply versatility, combined with very high gearing and variable fulcrum make it as tough or as gentle as it needs to be yet allows it to remain far more stable than any other turnout motor at the "end of throw"... whether the power is left on constantly or turned off once the work is done.
Cobalt is very, very versatile in use and includes two SPDT switches
Because it will not relax even a bit at the end of throw Cobalt can be powered by almost ANY method that can deliver DC power and is compatible with almost every DC output DCC accessory decoder ever made.
Cobalt has two inbuilt SPDT "break before make" switches for frog power switching, panel lights, feedback or any other related control need. They are able to handle higher power than competitive products and are exceptionally reliable even under adverse conditions thanks to very positive and strong pressure formed phosphor bronze wipers and gold plated wiper contact areas.
Because of the very high gearing it is even easy to stop Cobalt mid-throw for control of 3 position semaphore signals and 3 way stub turnout operation!
Cobalt has also been designed from the ground up for either horizontal or vertical mounting which Makes it the perfect device for railway crossing barriers and proper control of delicate semaphore signals too.
Cobalt has a positive but gentle and almost totally silent Action: Because of its extremely powerful high ratio gearing it is equally effective when used as either a stall type or short term power device and does not relax at all at the end of throw.
Incredibly powerful as it is, it's also designed to be gentle when needed and so the degree of pressure and range of its throw has been made easy to adjust over a wide range... Therefore extremely positive and silent action is there by design - whenever it is needed and consistently gentle treatment of your turnouts, signals or other items is absolutely guaranteed by design.

Cobalt is easy to install. Each Cobalt turnout motor comes complete with everything needed including the screws needed to fix it to the baseboard (We even supply 5 just in case you lose one). ....and we have also created a wide accessory range including pre-prepared switching.
Cobalt has been designed to be installed vertically for turnout operation or horizontally for semaphore signal or for things like vertical crossing boom actuation.
The actuator wire is of the correct stiffness for reliable turnout throw and has been pre-formed for easy mounting.
We've even designed a template that makes it dead easy to get it right the very first time in any scale... Used from above, with the drill kept vertical, it will result in the creation of ready-made accurate pilot holes for you to use when mounting Cobalt.
The fulcrum bar has a series of offset holes too, so if you DO manage to get it wrong... You can easily adjust the left/right bias of the throw simply by changing which hole the wire passes through!
Where a turnout or signal is close to a layout brace or if a standard direct linkage is not possible, it is simple to arrange Cobalt so that it provides an offset drive via a simple cranked wire arrangement (shown in our "tips" pages in the downloadable manual).
Cobalt needs NO soldering. Its no fun soldering under the baseboard... and edge connectors are hard to find and always expensive.
Cobalt has a very high quality 8 way solder-less connector that doesn't even need a screwdriver to give you a perfect connection in moments. (you may find a small blade type driver or similar tool a handy tool for helping with the "Push to insert" connector though)
If you DO prefer to solder... You can of course - And to make even that an easy and safe task...we have purposely chosen a connector which uses TWO solder points per connection point, so you can solder to one of these with no risk to the integrity of the connector or point motor, and the solder resist over all parts of the board other than the solder pad mean there is little chance of bridging connections.
Installation template available
A metal template is available for precise installation for turnout control in all scales. The template allows you to establish perfect position & create pilot holes for mounting screws from ABOVE the baseboard with zero stress. Its even supplied with the correct size of pilot drill to use with it!

E013
£0.70p
3amp 12 way multiblock screw connectors ideal for track and accessories wiring under baseboards
E015
£1.00p
5amp 12 way multiblock screw connectors ideal for multiple connections to track and accessories wiring under baseboards  
E02
£1.99p
25 way Dee Socket for connecting cables between boards or control panel. Can be mounted flush into baseboard edge.
E03
£1.99p
25 way Dee Plug for connecting cables can be flush mounted or cased.
E04
£0.45p
25 way Dee Cases ( Black)
E15
£3.70
per yard
25 way Coloured Ribbon Cable for 12V and 16V wiring. Enables clear colour coding of tracks and accessories. Can be used with Dee Plugs and Multiblock connections.
E19
£1.40
Illuminated Round Rocker Switch 240V AC Power ON OFF switch  
E20
£1.25

Illuminated Rocker Switch 240V AC Power ON OFF
Ideal for Switching Transformer Power.

E21
£0.54p
Slider Switch ideal for Point control Manual switching and electric's. Use in conjunction with GEM wire in tube control.
E22
£1.00p
DPDT Switch Double Pole Double Throw Switch (Centre Off, select power to tracks from either of 2 controllers).
E23a
£0.85
SPST Single Pole Single Throw Switch (Simple track Isolation)  
E23
£1.20
DPST Switch Double Pole Sub Miniature Single Throw Switch. (for slow action electric point motors)
E24
£0.70p
Push Switch Push On for isolation sections of track, Electromagnetic uncouplers etc. In Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, White and Black buttons.
E31
£0.08p
3mm Dia LEDs Light Emitting Diodes for control Panels and Lighting. In Red, Yellow and Green. Use a resistor in circuit.
E32
£0.08
Black Panel mounts for LEDs
E40
£0.30p
Veroboard PCB circuit strip for simple circuits. 1" x 2.5"
E50
£0.01p
Resistors 100 Ohm for use with LED's to prevent burn out.
EGM52
£5.40
Multi Scale LED Track Tester, place directly onto the track to give you an instant indication if power is present. A "must have" to test where you have electrical problems with you track
LED Track Tester
EV6471
£5.25
LED powered Bracket Lamp
EV6472
£8.25
Working LED Park Lamp available Black or Green 33mm high
EV6920
£7.25
Working LED Park Lamp Kit available Black
EV6911
£7.25
Working Street Lamp
     
EV6940
£7.95
Swan Neck Lamp - Black
EV6961
£10.95
Tall Station Yard Lamp
EV6965
£8.25
Yard Lamps Short Wood Post
EV6970
£7.25
Single Gas Lamp Black
       
 
   
 

 

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