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    It snowed here yesterday so no golf for a while. With that being the case I decided to start some projects I've had on the back burner. Last year I made up some crossing gate modules for the upper deck. They worked out so well I decided to do the same on the lower level. I like the idea of being able to drop in the module instead of trying to build the project from below the deck. Here's photo of the start of the project. Since these NJ International gates open and close with the control arm on a slight angle. I tried set the tortoise switch machine on the same plane.

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    George

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    It'll be nice to see an actual working model George, great stuff.
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    I should be done with it by the end of the day toot.

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    Looks good George.
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    Tony
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    Huh, 2 Tortoise machines adds up to some serious money. Times how many of these units are you putting in?
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    2 Tortoise machines adds up to some serious money.
    At what, $18 per machine? But your right, can add up, especially if they fail. Personally, I'd go with DCC Concept machines.
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    Tony
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    Even way way cheaper is using 2 servos and a mini Arduino for a total cost of about $10
    A few videos were done on how to build one.
    Just for your info.

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    George,

    I agree with Lloyd, RC Servo's would be a better option in all respects, cost, space and setup. I now recall that an ex member (Suzie X) sent me I don't know how many servo's for my HO turnouts along with a very comprehensive "how to" for their installation. I no longer have the servo's (I don't think) but will try to find the how to instructions if your interested.

    From memory, the servo's were something like a couple of dollars each plus the wire for connecting them to the turnout. I think she also recommend a PSR or PS3 or something for automation, but wasn't necessary as it turned out.

    With the space limitations due to frame work - servo's would be a very good alternative for you.
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    Tony
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    The reason I didn't use servo's is because I have a lot of tortoises I bought a long time ago sitting around here doing nothing. Tortoise's work great with gates when using a 3 volt power supply. The perfect gate speed. I had to do a few modifications to the gates because I wanted to use a heavier control arm. I tested the gates and everything works fine. I will add some quick connects tomorrow then will hook everything up into the system. Then I do a video.

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    George

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    George,

    Makes sense then, if you got em -use em
    Cheers,

    Tony
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