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I was thinking about investing in some point motors for my model railway, but I wasn't sure which ones either the hornby ones or the peco ones?
The hornby ones for me looked the easiest to set up and use but when I read about other people's layout they always say they have used the peco ones, so which do I use?
Could someone direct me in the right direction

Matthew
 

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QUOTE (matthew47 @ 8 Apr 2008, 15:05) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I was thinking about investing in some point motors for my model railway, but I wasn't sure which ones either the hornby ones or the peco ones?
The hornby ones for me looked the easiest to set up and use but when I read about other people's layout they always say they have used the peco ones, so which do I use?
Could someone direct me in the right direction

Matthew

Matthew there are a variety of point motors available - the PECO ones have been around for many years so people have used them a lot.

If you wanted the simplest things to use then I think either the PECO or Hornby surface mounted variety are probably easiest although relatively new on the scene.

It would help if you could say if you are using DCC or not.
 

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QUOTE (matthew47 @ 8 Apr 2008, 23:05) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I was thinking about investing in some point motors for my model railway, but I wasn't sure which ones either the hornby ones or the peco ones?
The hornby ones for me looked the easiest to set up and use but when I read about other people's layout they always say they have used the peco ones, so which do I use?
Could someone direct me in the right direction

Matthew

***Hello Matthew
to keep it simple: The biggest difference between them is physical, not electrical - and each fits its own brand of points best.

So - if you have peco points, buy peco motors, if you have hornby, buy hornby - that way you will have no problem fitting point motor to point, and they will work better.

As your experience grows, by all means experiment - but for now, take the easy path!

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Hi Mathew and welcome to the MRF,

Might I also suggest that, if you are using DCC and electro-frog points, you have a look at the Seep PM1 motors. They have also been around for quite some time and are of proven quality. I personally prefer them to the Peco units as they can be wired up to automatically change the frog polarity and work out cheaper than the equivalent Peco parts.

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QUOTE (TimP @ 8 Apr 2008, 18:37) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Matthew there are a variety of point motors available - the PECO ones have been around for many years so people have used them a lot.

If you wanted the simplest things to use then I think either the PECO or Hornby surface mounted variety are probably easiest although relatively new on the scene.

It would help if you could say if you are using DCC or not.

Hi Tim
Thanks for replying it was great help!!!
At the moment I am using the normal DC method but I am thinking about converting to DCC
 

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I have just fitted two Hornby point motors using the point motor 'hut' on curved points and found that they are perfecting fine. They both operate from a single Black hornby passing switch. You should be careful on the curves, as I discovered after fitting them that my Bachmann voyager scraped one of them and it ended in me removing one wall of the hut. Fortunately it won't affect the scene in this case as it is not in the scenic area. The second motor was fitted using the extension bar as a track was in the way and so was not affected.
 

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Matthew it is good that you posted this thread it has also been very helpful to me, I just dismantled a Layout and have 18 Peco Points motors not being used, my new layout will be a OO British type, in the next couple of days I will be ready to wire the points, because I purchased a couple of Hornby sets to kick this new layout off I have a mixture of Peco and Hornby points, I used Peco Medium points on the main line and most sidings but have three sets of Hornby points that I will use with my Peco motors, as my points motors are above board and use a PL12 mount I see no reason why the Hornby points would not work well, Peco and Hornby use a similar movement system.
 
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