Useful Data

On this page you will find some useful information that will assist with installing and operating your RailCon system and components. The information may also be of general assistance with your model railway setting up and operation.

Using Servo Motors on a Model Railway

Servo motors are typically used in radio controlled models such as aeroplanes, boats and cars. They are used for operating flaps, rudders, steering and throttles under proportional control to accurately position the control.

When set up as a two position device servo motors can be used on a model railway for actuating points, semaphore signals, level crossing boom gates and any other line side accessory that requires linear movement.

The RailCon system includes a servo motor drive module that can be used to actuate these types of accessory by the addition of suitable brackets and linkages. The RailCon servo motor drive module has a fully adjustable stroke to allow just the right amount of travel to be obtained.

Just about any servo motor can be used for operating model railway accessories and they are often quieter, cheaper and smaller than the devices more normally used.

Operating Points

Using a servo motor to operate a set of points can be achieved by mounting the servo motor under the baseboard in one of the configurations shown in the following diagrams.

Mounting with Servo Motor Shaft Vertical

Mounting with Servo Motor Shaft Horizontal

Mounting Bracket

The following link is to a drawing of a mounting bracket that is suitable for mounting a Mystery brand servo motor Model 9g SD90 - Servo Mount.

Wiring Auscision Signals

Australian manufacturer Auscision Models markets a range of CTC signals. These come prewired and to use them with RailCon signal control modules, rewiring is required. To obtain an Application Note describing the required rewiring follow this link Application Note AN11 for a printable pdf data sheet.

Signalling Model Railways

The following link provides access to a discussion paper about Signalling for model railways (pdf file 755 kb).

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