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Doug
post 9 Jul 2010, 10:52
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I've been playing around with the Traintronics TT300 Digital Point Motor. Check out the review here. If you have used the TT300 Digital Point Motor, please give your opinion.


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post 9 Jul 2010, 13:31
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Doug

Just a couple of points (no pun intended!) - Traintronics is a UK company and is the brand name used by Bournemouth Model Centre. They designed and had the product manufactured - I had copies of the notes to preview - these are available in PDF format at http://www.bromsgrovemodels.co.uk/pd658260...?categoryId=121. If you look at the underside of the board you will see their postcode stamped on it!

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post 9 Jul 2010, 14:14
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Possibly the confusion over origin may be the DCC decoder manufacturer ID, which is GFD Designs.

I've written a JMRI/DecoderPro file for the TT300, and its on the JMRI servers. I think its in the 2.9.9 test release, if not it will be in 2.9.10 when that comes out (perhaps days away), and the 2.10 production release which will follow shortly afterwards. Comments on the JMRI file welcome; I wrote the file from the user manual and have not yet got access to a motor to check there are no discrepancies.

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post 9 Jul 2010, 14:44
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I actually phoned Craven models this morning to find out more about Traintronics as the .co.uk domain doesn't point to any site and the Slotrail.com site didn't have any info on the TT300. They told me that it was of US origin and that they were the importers. I've removed that info as it is perhaps misleading.

I've updated the review.

Thanks for the link John, I've updated the review with that link to the full instructions as they are more useful and clearer than the instructions supplied with the point motor.


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post 9 Jul 2010, 14:48
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One simple point! its far too expensive.

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post 9 Jul 2010, 15:03
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QUOTE (mikeg @ 9 Jul 2010, 14:48) *
One simple point! its far too expensive.

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Maybe - if you are using cheap & nasty points & compare it to crude & nasty solenoid motors.

When you are using quality points it's more relative.
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post 9 Jul 2010, 15:13
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Looks a clever little device - but how little? I didn't see any dimensions.

As suggested in the review the price is competitive with other slow-motion point machines under DCC operation, assuming it proves equally reliable, but perhaps a little steep for someone not interested in working points via DCC. I wonder what the price would be without the DCC features?
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QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 9 Jul 2010, 16:03) *
Maybe - if you are using cheap & nasty points & compare it to crude & nasty solenoid motors.

When you are using quality points it's more relative.


But 20? Cheaper solutions can be had, that are neither crude nor nasty.

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post 9 Jul 2010, 15:36
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As I use lever frames and point rodding to control my points that costs approx 2 per point it is very expensive and unless you have some form of indicaters to tell you which way the points are then I find electronic controls rather irksome to use, plus it has given me much plesure making and installing the point controls.

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post 9 Jul 2010, 15:47
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QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 9 Jul 2010, 16:03) *
Maybe - if you are using cheap & nasty points & compare it to crude & nasty solenoid motors.


Now i see why Dave mentions your sledgehammer approach to things Brian ohmy.gif


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QUOTE (Edwin @ 9 Jul 2010, 15:13) *
Looks a clever little device - but how little? I didn't see any dimensions.

As suggested in the review the price is competitive with other slow-motion point machines under DCC operation, assuming it proves equally reliable, but perhaps a little steep for someone not interested in working points via DCC. I wonder what the price would be without the DCC features?


If you look through the excellent & comprehensive instructions on Broomsgrove's website some of the pictures give you an idea of the size - having said that some actual sizes would be most useful.

You can operate it on analogue only if you wish, or both DCC with override.

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But 20? Cheaper solutions can be had, that are neither crude nor nasty.

Andrew Crosland


IMHO, it's comparable, price wise with other slow action point motors, of course, if cost is a real problem you can use your finger for nowt rolleyes.gif .
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post 9 Jul 2010, 16:00
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Dimensions:

Length: 82mm
Width: 32mm
Depth: 41mm (from base board to bottom of motor which protrudes from the black plastic case)


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post 9 Jul 2010, 23:00
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Sounds quite good. I may have to give one of these a try.

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if you are DCC then it looks a good enough buy, but a tortoise with a Lenz LS150 also works out very similar if you buy the bulk box of 6 tortoises and then a single LS 150 from numerous outlets. and the tortoise is a bullet proof known entity. using digitrax DS44's may be an even better option cos you don't have to mess around with diodes on the 150 but they both work out at around 7 per point motor PLUS the cost of the motor itself
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