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    Posted: 21 Aug 2015 at 6:53am
Hello,

Currently have a121" X 41" layout with the following:

1. 4-Marklin 24611, 3- Marklin 24612, 2- Marklin 24671 and 2-Marklin 24672 turnouts. What are the best motors & decoders that should I buy?

2. Have 1- Marklin 24624 double slip, and 1- Marklin 24630  3 way turnout. What are the best motors & decoders that should I buy?

3. What wire should I buy to use with Marklin 74995 spade connectors for power form the track.

4. What wire and power source should I buy to connect power to lights, houses, lighted bumpers and possibly other layout accessories.


Thank you,

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One place to begin with might be to ask whether you really need to operate your turnouts digitally.
 
It is certainly possible to operate turnouts with analog controls -- push buttons, levers, or whatever matches your system and interests -- on a digital layout.
 
On my planned layout, I plan to operate turnouts three ways:
  •  Analog in the main station area,
  • Digitally in the hidden staging yard,
  • By hand in some stations and industrial areas at the edge of the layout.

Digital operation of turnouts makes the most sense when you have a control system with route control.  That is, when you select a particular route, multiple switches on that route are all thrown with one command.

 
With wire, there's a vast selection from both model railroad manufacturers and general suppliers.  Color coding helps to trace possible problems.
 
In general, you don't want to go too thin on the wire that supplies power to your tracks.
 
There are several Blog posts that address wiring issues.
 
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Ernest,

Thank you. Yes, digital makes sense and I failed to indicate that I have a Marklin 60653 Mobile station, so if I could use this unit that would be great.

Have an enjoyable weekend!

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