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Remote DPDT Relay with Y Cable for Controller Socket

A DPDT relay for using on a Y cable in conjunction with a fascia controller. (Will also work without the fascia controller.) Has a 6-pin connector block to simplify wiring. High-sensitivity coil requires 30 mA. The contacts are rated 1 Amp at 24VDC. [Can also be used without the Octopus – red wire, 5V, black wire, ground, white wire, signal (0V = OFF, greater than 1.4V is ON).] Comes with a 12″ Y cable – extra length can be added with servo extensions.

DY5001
Item Description MSRP Lin’s Price
701-DY5001 Remote DPDT Relay with Y Cable for Controller Socket $7.00 $7.00

Single Color Fascia Controller for SwitchWright/Quad/Octopus II/Micro Singlet

This fully assembled and ready to use controller mounts on the fascia or control panel. Use for manual throwing of your switches and also provides feedback on servo position when used with DCC/signals. Has 2 yellow LEDs. Mounts using a #4 self-tapping screw (included). Comes with a 12″ cord attached. 3-wire servo extensions can be used to extend the reach. By using a “Y” cable, two controllers can be added to one port to provide two control points for one turnout. Controller is 0.6 x 0.8 ” in size.

Item Description MSRP Lin’s Price
701-FCB010 Single Color Fascia Controller for SwitchWright/Quad/Octopus II/Micro Singlet $2.50 $2.50

Fascia Mount for Singlet II

Made of precision 1/8″ thick laser-cut acrylic, these mounts can be used to neatly mount your Singlets. Simply use a 1-3/8″ hole saw to place on your fascia. The four included screws hold it securely in place and the recess keeps the button safely out of the way of bellies. The dark plastic makes the LEDs stand out. Comes as a kit that includes the 2 pieces and 4 screws. The pieces can be easily glued together with solvent designed for acrylic such as Weldon 3 or epoxy. (MEK and other styrene glues will NOT work). Just put the pieces together and flow a small amount of solvent on with a brush. Can be spray-painted a different color or used as is. Size 1.5″ x 1.5″ x 1/4″ deep (without parts mounted). The singlet will stick out a bit to one side so take this into account when mounting several units together.

Item Description MSRP Lin’s Price
701-FMS001 Fascia Mount For Singlet 2 $3.50 $3.50

Extra Programming Jumpers (Shunts) (Set of 10) JMP001

Most of our boards come with enough jumpers for normal use. However, these little guys have a way of disappearing and so customers often need more so we are now offering this small 10-pack for your convenience.

Item Description MSRP Lin’s Price
701-JMP001 Extra Programming Jumpers (Set of 10) $2.95 $2.95

Fascia Controller Mount MFC001

Made of precision 1/8″ thick laser-cut acrylic, these mounts can be used to neatly mount your fascia controllers. Simply use a 1-3/8″ hole saw to place on your fascia. The four included screws hold it securely in place and the recess keeps the button safely out of the way of bellies. The dark plastic makes the LEDs stand out. Comes as a kit that includes the 2 pieces and 4 screws. The pieces can be easily glued together with solvent designed for acrylic such as Weldon 3. (MEK and other styrene glues will NOT work). Just put the pieces together and flow a small amount of solvent on with a brush. Can be spray-painted a different color or used as is. Parts are laser cut by Monster Model Works.
Size 1.5″ x 1.5″ x 1/4″ deep (without parts mounted).P

Item Description MSRP Lin’s Price
701-MFC001 Fascia Controller Mount $3.50 $3.50

No-Buzz In-Line Servo Quieter NBZ001

Sometimes a servo will buzz or chatter continuously. Some poeple find this very annoying. The No-Buzz goes in line with the servo cord and quiets the servo. Here is how it works – if the servo is stopped in the same position for more than about a second the circuit turns off the servo. If the servo starts moving again it will turn it on and drive the servo until it stops again. When the servo is stopped the gears will hold most switches in place. If you use the SwitchWright geometry then the wire acts as a over-the-center spring and also holds the points while the servo is off. A side benefit of the No-Buzz is that you do not need to adjust the servo as precisely but can overdrive the position and let the servo relax back after it turns off.

Item Description MSRP Lin’s Price
701-NBZ001 No-Buzz In-Line Servo Quieter $4.95 $4.95

Octocoder – Stationary DCC decoder Add-on for Octopus II/III OCD001

You can control your Octopus II or III with the Octocoder, a simple stationary DCC decoder. The board provides connections os you can also connect fascia controllers and LEDs for local control. (Will not work with toggle switches however.) No CVs to program – just put on the address junper and issue a turnout command from your throttle to set the address block. Uses 8 consecutive DCC addresses.

Item Description MSRP Lin’s Price
701-OCD001 Octocoder – Stationary DCC decoder Add-on for Octopus II/III $19.95 $18.00

Power Jack/Plug to Screw Terminal Adapter JCK001 / PLG001

This adapter mates with the above most power supplies or Boosters to make them easy to hook up to wires using the screw terminals. Jack size is 5.5/2.1 mm. Plus and minus terminals are marked. Price is for one adapter, the picture shows two to illustrate both ends.

Item Description MSRP Lin’s Price
701-JCK001 Power Jack/Plug to Screw Terminal Adapter Singlet $1.50 $1.50

Remote Relay Daughter Board RDB001

Add this board to the Quad-Pic by plugging it into the expansion port and you have 4 ports for plugging in the remote relay board above.

Item Description MSRP Lin’s Price
701-RDB001 Remote Relay Daughter Board $2.00 $2.00

Remote SPDT Relay Board RSR001
Remote DPDT Relay Board RDR001

The SPDT relay plugs in to the breakout daughter board (below) and gives you one high-power circuit for powering frogs, signals and so forth. Board has a 12V, 10A hi-sensitivity relay that draws just 30 mA, relay drive circuitry, and a terminal block for easy wiring. Can also be used without the Quad – red wire, 12V, black wire, ground, white wire, signal (0V = OFF, greater than 1.4V is ON). Comes with a 12″ extension cord – extra length can be added with servo extensions.

The DPDT relay plugs in to the breakout daughter board (below) and gives you two circuits for powering frogs, signals and so forth. Board has a 12V, 2A hi-sensitivity relay that draws just 23 mA, relay drive circuitry, and a terminal block for easy wiring. Can also be used without the Quad – red wire, 12V, black wire, ground, white wire, signal (0V = OFF, greater than 1.4V is ON). Comes with a 12″ extension cord – extra length can be added with servo extensions.

These do not work with Micro Singlet. For Singlet II only

Item Description MSRP Lin’s Price
701-RSR001 Remote SPDT Relay Board RSR001 $7.00 $7.00
701-RDR001 Remote DPDT Relay Board RDR001 $7.00 $7.00

Servo Centering Tool SRC001 (SRV002)

Use this handy portable tool to keep your servos centered while you mount them under the layout. The tool consists of a battery box connected to a small circuit board that continuously puts out a centering signal for the servo (1.5 ms pulse). Keeping your servos porperly centered while mounting is the key to making the servos work best. The battery box has an on/off switch to save your batteries when not in use. Everyone using servos for turnouts needs one of these.
Requires 3 AA batteries

DY5001
Item Description MSRP Lin’s Price
701-SRV002 Servo Centering Tool $4.95 $4.95

In-Line Servo Reverser SRR001 (SPS001)

You can often reverse your servo throw direction by turning it around or reversing the servo linkage. Sometimes there just isn’t room under a turnout to do this. You can’t reverse the servo direction by swapping wires since servos work by varying the pulse width and reversing the wires will just disconnect off the servo. In cases where you want to reverse the servo rotation direction, this servo reverser comes in handy. If you put this in line with the servo it will swap the two ends about the center. [It works by mirroring the pulse around 1.5 ms which is the center on a servo. I.e. if a 2 ms pulse is input, the reverser will output 1 ms and if a 1 ms pulse is input it will output a 2ms pulse.]

DY5001
Item Description MSRP Lin’s Price
701-SRR001 In-Line Servo Reverser $4.95 $4.95

12″ Y-cord SRX003 / 12″ Extension SRX112 / 40″ Extension SRX140

Y cables are used to attach two servos to one output or two fascia controllers to one input. Both servos will move in the same manner at the same time. If used for two fascia controllers, both will indicate the turnout position and both can be used to throw the turnout. Could be used, for example, to control a crossover or a passing siding. Does not affect the servo power. The Y can can also be used with the fascia controllers for the Quad-Pic to provide two control points for one switch. Use one for a pair of servos and one for a controller at the same time and you can set up a passing siding with control points at both ends!

3-wire servo extension cable 12″ (30cm) long, 24 AWG stranded wire. Added to the cord that comes with most standard size servos you can power a switch up to 2 feet from an Octopus or Quad Servo board, 40″ nearly 4 feet.

Item Description MSRP Lin’s Price
SRX003 701-SRX003 12″ Y-cord $2.25 $2.25
701-SRX112 12″ (30cm) Servo Extension Cable $1.50 $1.50
701-SRX112-10 12″ (30cm) Servo 10 Extension Cables $10.00 $10.00
701-SRX140 40″ (100cm) Servo Extension Cable $3.00 $3.00
701-SRX140-10 40″ (100cm) Servo 10 Extension Cables $18.00 $18.00

TurnOn Module – Soft Start TRN001

Now we can start the layout without the “Keep Alive Capacitor” syndrome.
Simply install the Tam Valley TurnOn Soft-Star board between the booster and the track or between the power district controller and the track.

This board situates a resistance in the track circuit during the startup and removes it automatically when the track voltage reaches a safe level. This means that the keep alive caps on the newer sound boards will charge up at a controlled rate which will allow the booster to start up in a normal manor.

If you have a lot of sound decoders and decoders with stay alive circuits on the track, they can confuse the booster when it starts up in to thinking there is a short because of the sudden current draw of all the capacitors. This circuit prevents that problem by putting a small resistance in to the circuit to slow the current rush and once the voltage gets up a 10 Amp relay bypasses the resistor so that there is a straight connection to the booster. If you have no idea what the previous explanation about and you are not having any touble with starting your layout then you don’t need the TurnOn.

Note: will not work if the final load is over 60% or so of the capacity of the command station. I.e. if you have a 5 Amp command station and are trying to run a 3 Amp load of locomotives, or more, then the TurnOn may not work. In this case you probably need more power or use toggles switches to turn off some of the tracks with idling locomotives

Connect the TurnOn directly after the booster and before any other components.
Resistor is 0.5 Ohms 20Watt. Relay is 10 Amps and turns on at about 10Volts on the track. Diodes prevent the startup pulse of the relay from getting on to the DCC bus.
Will also work with other brands of boosters and command stations.

Item Description MSRP Lin’s Price
701-TRN001 TurnOn Module – Soft Start $21.95 $19.80