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    Posted: 25 Mar 2015 at 12:58pm
Hello,

I am a novice with electronics. Currently setting up a Marklin C-track system and running 3 trains. My question whether the Marklin 60653 Mobile Station is compatible with the Viessmann switch motor to control turnouts.

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Hello Ram

Welcome to our Forum.

I need to know the model number of the Viessmann switch motor. They make more than one.

Do you actually talk about a 'switch motor' or a 'decoder'?

A switch motor aka turnout mechanism is actually not controlled by any control station. In analog operation you need to use a switch box, which is not connected to a control station at all.

In digital operation, you need a decoder hooked up the switch motor which then is controlled by the control station.
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Hello Choo Choo,

Thanks for your response. The Viessmann switch motor 4554 (Digital 2). Hope I got the model right!

Ram
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The Viessmann 4554 is a universal switch motor/decoder combination compatible with both, NMRA DCC and Maerlin Motorola MM protocols. So the answer is 'Yes'. The Viessmann 4554 is compatible with the Maerklin MS2 (60653)
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Thank you!
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Hello,
 
How many of the Viessmann 4554 switch motor turnouts can be controlled with the Maerklin MS2 (60653)?
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The MS2 can address 320 solenoid devices. You find this information right on top of page 12 of the instruction manual. The switch motor portion of the Viessmann combination is a 'solenoid device'.

Edited by Choo Choo - 31 Mar 2015 at 3:15pm
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Hello Ram

I took a closer look at the Viessman 4554. I was wrong about it being a solenoid device. It actually has a motor in it to move the frog in slow motion such as encountered in the real world. You may also encounter difficulties programming it. The MS2 does not deliver a lot of power. It will dim out during switch operation. If too much is going on, like all three trains running, it may even shut down.

I know that the cost for one unit is appealing compared to having to buy separate switch motors and decoders separately. $53 for the 4554 as opposed to $68 for the Maerklin switch mechanism 74491 and decoder 74460.

If you insist on the 4554, buy only to see if you get it to work. If you get too frustrated, I recommend the Maerklin two component method. It is a lot easier to deal with.

There is still the analog way. If you have not already done so, you should read the blog titled 'Turnouts/Switches - Analog or Digital'

Edited by Choo Choo - 31 Mar 2015 at 7:33pm
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