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Offline hornbeam

Shuttle control unit
« on: Nov 23 2014 19:16 »
I'm wanting to control a battery railbus on my branch line so it will shuttle back and forth, it will need to be battery powered as I'm not having track power on my layout. I was going to use the brian Jones unit but he's unable to deliver until mid feb. Are there any other manufactures that would make something suitable?

Thanks.

Offline John Candy

Re: Shuttle control unit
« Reply #1 on: Nov 23 2014 19:31 »
http://www.timpdon.co.uk/timpdon/telec/products/prod_sh3.php

Not certain this works with battery power but the photo shows a cell pack on a motor bogie.

John.
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Re: Shuttle control unit
« Reply #2 on: Nov 23 2014 20:23 »
The technical notes (.pdf) shows that a battery voltage of between 4.8 to 12 V d.c. - 2.5 Amps constant current is required.

http://www.timpdon.co.uk/timpdon/telec/products/prod_sh3_pdf.htm?x=46&y=14

The unit supports the following features.

Unlimited number of intermediate halts, in either direction.
Independently user programmable for maximum speed, crawl speed,
acceleration period, deceleration period, terminus wait time and
intermediate halt wait time.
All programmed parameters are retained when power is removed from the unit.

Offline hornbeam

Re: Shuttle control unit
« Reply #3 on: Nov 23 2014 21:13 »
Perfect, thanks for the help looks ideal.

Offline 454

Re: Shuttle control unit
« Reply #4 on: Nov 23 2014 22:34 »
The Timpdon stuff is good, my shuttle unit is used on the 45mm section of the garden railway but only end to end with no intermediate stops, cos I don't need any. I use it with LGB stock albeit at a reduced voltage to be in spec.

Good luck

Dave
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Offline AllWight

Re: Shuttle control unit
« Reply #5 on: Nov 26 2014 13:36 »
Is'nt that being lazy. Takes out all the fun of operating unless its so you can pour a beer at the same time in which case I heartily approve.

Mark

Offline 454

Re: Shuttle control unit
« Reply #6 on: Nov 26 2014 14:48 »
Mark,
On my garden that is exactly what happens. However, the rack line is a shuttle & it is basically switch on & forget while the other trains are being controlled. I have never developed a multi-tasking co-ordinated method yet of individual control of more than one train at a time without a subsequent undesirable happening to occur.
Perhaps Anne might agree with this as she always states that the female of the species is an ace at multi-tasking. However, I am not prepared to argue with her. So I am left to play trains alone.

Dave
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Offline AllWight

Re: Shuttle control unit
« Reply #7 on: Nov 26 2014 17:06 »
Spoken like a true beer drinking DIY fanatic

Mark

Offline hornbeam

Re: Shuttle control unit
« Reply #8 on: Nov 26 2014 18:34 »
Hi mark, well the branch railcar will be operating for that reason- to sit with a cider or three.

I will also be constructing wagons to carry cans from the house to the decking at somepoint- all my friends have requested this who am I to argue.

Offline AllWight

Re: Shuttle control unit
« Reply #9 on: Nov 27 2014 08:18 »
Will there be a BBQ halt serving hot dogs and burgers too??

Offline 454

Re: Shuttle control unit
« Reply #10 on: Nov 27 2014 15:27 »
Mark,

The Timpdon shuttle will only stop if there is a magnet placed correctly in the track  8)

Dave
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Offline hornbeam

Re: Shuttle control unit
« Reply #11 on: Nov 27 2014 20:59 »
We'll looks like I need to get the basic layout built and do a get together soon  ;)