Reversing Loop Controllers

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#1
HI Folks:

Due to my layout design, I will end up with 3 reversing loops -- 2 are currently in existence, and right now I am using DPDT toggle switches to control them -- they work, but ANNOYING. I know there are automatic units out there from many manufacturers. Im not asking whats out there, I am asking for RECOMMENDATIONS as to which ones you like and think work best.

I am running N scale, hopefully eventually 2 - 3 trains at a time, some with 2 -3 locomotives at a time, I am currently using a NCE Powercab, which I hope to upgrade to an SB5 soon and eventually radio control

Thanks for your input

TIM
San Luis and Rio Grande
 

migalyto

Well-Known Member
#2
I don’t know if it’s the best. I used a Digitrax AR-1 on my N Scale layout. It did what I needed it to do. It was inexpensive, and others on the forum I was on at the time had experience with them. If I recall correctly, the directions were easy to follow to install.

As you know there are a lot of options, but it was like choosing a dcc system, I flipped coin, and was satisfied with it.
 

Iron Horseman

Well-Known Member
#3
Like migalyto said, there are more choices than there is time to evaluate. I've not been picky. I'm guessing I am using at least 4 different brands.

The DCC Specialties "PSX-ARFB Power Shield Auto Reverser" is all solid state so it switches virtually instantaneously. Cheaper units such as the MRC "Auto Reverse Module" have a physical relay to change the power polarity so they can only switch as fast as the mechanical arms can move.
 
#4
Like migalyto said, there are more choices than there is time to evaluate. I've not been picky. I'm guessing I am using at least 4 different brands.

The DCC Specialties "PSX-ARFB Power Shield Auto Reverser" is all solid state so it switches virtually instantaneously. Cheaper units such as the MRC "Auto Reverse Module" have a physical relay to change the power polarity so they can only switch as fast as the mechanical arms can move.
I've always been a little curious about how a 'stay alive' module performs with ANY auto-reverse module. Seems to me there would be a serious conflict in the cap discharge when it encounters a reverse polarity...
 

KB02

Well-Known Member
#6
Here's a video of a guy comparing Auto-Reversing units. Might be worth a watch?

Personally, I only have one on my layout, and it is the AR-1. I'm pretty happy with it.
 



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