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Tortoise Switch Motors – Pros and Cons

Brian’s question:

“I am considering installing some Tortoise switch motors on my HO layout. Is this a good solution for a DC layout using Atlas turnouts? As I am new to these motors I am not clear on how these would be wired and powered. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.”

2 Responses to Tortoise Switch Motors – Pros and Cons

  • Sheldon Clarksays:

    I’m not familiar with Atlas turnouts but, as a general principle, I understand it is generally best to remove any “over-centre” springs from your turnouts if you are using slow-action motors or relays. This is not for any technical reason but purely to maintain the illusion of reality.

  • Steven Folinosays:

    I’m using Atlas Customline Mark IV #4 turnouts and powering them with Tortise switch machines. The Tortise has an 8-wire connector but you only need #1 and #8 to operate the switch machine the other six are for accessories.

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