Traintronics TT300 Digital Point Motor
Traintronics TT300 was developed by Traintronics in Bournemouth, UK.
Compact, self contained
DC or DCC
Built-in DCC decoder
NMRA compatible; Addresses
from 1 to 2044; supports programming track or PoM; All NMRA programming
Suitable for scales Z-gauge to
Easy installation (2 screws)
No mechanical adjustment
Moderate holding force at end
of travel (suitable for non-latching and latching points)
No soldering needed
Built-in switching for frogs
Route setting using secondary
Remote push-button control as
well as DCC control
Low current consumption (<100mA
when driving and <10mA at idle)
Outputs for indicator panel
Traintronics TT300 Digital Point Motor sells for
Setting it up couldn't be
easier. Simply connect the TT300 Digital Point Motor to the programming
track and assign a value to CV1. This is the point motor address. Then using
your DCC controller set up the point at that address in the usual way. You
can add the point to a route or switch it individually as required.
So how does this product stack
up against other available solutions?
A similar concept to the Traintronics TT300 Digital Point Motor
is the Viessmann 4554 switch
motor that also incorporates an accessory decoder and can be used on DC or DCC
layouts ( as well as Märklin / Motorola, NMRA-DCC und Märklin Systems). The Viessmann
4554 switch motor sits above the baseboards next to the point and would work with modern
layouts as it resembles a modern switch box. It wouldn't really work for
classic layouts unless you somehow hid the mechanism. The
manufacturer price for the Viessmann 4554 switch motor is £32.59.
And how does the price work
out with the built-in DCC decoder compared to conventional point motors and
an external accessory decoder?
The Tillig 86112 is a standard
point slow-action motor. The manufacturer price for the Tillig 86112 is £13.81.
The Lenz LS150 is a common DCC
decoder with 6 outputs. The manufacturer price for the
Lenz LS150 is £40.99.
|No. point motors needed
|Cost of option 1 - Traintronics TT300 Digital Point Motor
|Cost of option 2 - Tillig
86112 & Lenz LS150
So you may think that a
built-in decoder might me an expensive option. The table above shows that Traintronics TT300 Digital Point Motor
is a cheaper option even for 6 point motors, but it is much cheaper if you
only need a few points.
Reasonable price, good value.
Solid construction, good
connectors and sturdy.
The pin is quite thick. If you
have a fine point such as the Tillig points, you will have to enlarge the
hole in the point throw-bar and perhaps reinforce it. Even Peco points may
have to have the hole enlarged a little.
The TT300 Digital Point Motor
is quite deep and although will be fine in most cases, may be too thick if
used on multi-layered layouts.
The TT300 Digital Point Motor
has a neat feature that keeps a gentle and constant pressure in the right
direction at all times. Even if you force the pin the other way, it
re-engages and moves the pin back to the correct side. Where other point
motors like the Tillig or Flugerex motors hold the blades firmly to one side
or the other, this system will allow a little flexibility which could
prevent damage to the point blades. I had switched a Tillig controlled point
by mistake when a train was over the points and the point broke due to the
force of the motor pushing against the open blades.
For addressing above address
255, CV9 has to be used in conjunction with CV1. See the manual for how to
Basic route selection can be
programmed via CVs if your DCC command station doesn't support routes.
The remote control feature is
quite nice. It allows you to have a little push-button switch, say on the
side of the layout near the point, where you can switch the point locally.
Pressing the button will throw the point to the opposite state of where it
The included basic manual is
reasonable. It would be nicer to see a better quality pamphlet
with better photos. The advance section is not included. It is linked to
below. Print that out and the full function of the point motor can be seen.
The full installation instruction
and operation manual for the can be seen on the Bromsgrove models site,
Many thanks to
Ontracks for this
review sample. Ontracks distribute the
Traintronics TT300 Digital Point Motor.