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    Default Wiring Tortoises

    A quick question on the power supply for Tortoises. I checked the manufacturing website and instruction manual online, but rather horrendous directions on the power draw and wiring of the torts for power (there is a strong possibility there is some user error too.). There is a mention of a separate power supply for torts. I ordered a couple in order to play around with a set of gates I have and like to install. Does anyone know if you can power the torts either off the DCC bus or alternatively I have wired up an accessory bus with 12V DC.

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    I use a separate 12V DC. You can power them off an acc DCC bus, but the draw adds up quickly for most systems. I originally had mine powered that way, through Digitrax stationary decoders. Now I have a dedicated power supply and use keyed DPDT switches to activate the Torts.
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    I agree with Karl. A separate power supply is the best way to go. 12V DC plug in power supplies are readily available and what I use for these.
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    I built a dedicated power supply using a center-tapped 18v transformer. This supplies +9v, -9v, and common, and allows me to control each turnout with a SPDT which is easier to wire than DPDTs.

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    10-14V adjustable wallwarts just for the turnout machines, adjustable so that I can have control of the machines speed of switching, makes a difference especially on my Cobalts , a little less on my Tortoises.
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