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Howdy,

Extremely happy with my Lionel Fastrack switches that have the non-derailing function. The switch throws itself if you forget, or are distracted... handy-dandy when you've got your hands full with grandkids.

Just curious if this feature can be mimicked with other brands of turnouts? Atlas and Ross specifically. Or maybe other switch machines have that feature already?

Thanks.

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@Lehigh74 posted:

Easily done.  Just isolate the frog rails and add a wire between them and the switch machine.  When the wheels complete the circuit between the outer rails, the switch throws.

Thank you. The Google-meister found this. Am I on the right track? (pardon the pun)

[Edit] And is this technique as fast as Lionel's own? We've hit the Fastrack switches at warp 10 and no issues.

Non-Derail Wiring Instructions

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I have Ross switches with the DZ-2500C switch machines, they have the provision for non-derailing built-in.  You just have to wire it to the proper rails on the Ross switch to activate it.  The DZ-2500 is also TMCC compatible, so you have command control of the switches as well.

Wow, so it works both slow and fast. Looks pretty cool.

Probably time to make the jump to Atlas/Ross, I think.

@JackO posted:

And is this technique as fast as Lionel's own? We've hit the Fastrack switches at warp 10 and no issues.



The brand of switch (Gargraves, Ross, whatever) doesn’t determine how fast it goes.  The type switch machine determines how fast the points throw.  I use DZ1000s which are pretty fast.  I previously used NJI machines which were also fast.

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