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I just finished my starting layout and to get some experience I like to upgrade my track with electric motor points.

Can somebody tell me if there is a step by step (idiots guide)
that explains the install?
Which motor points shall I use Peco , Hornby, Tortoise etc?
What wiring do I use?

My track is a DCC layout with two trains and normal Hornby Settracks.

I have search the forums but there is so much info that I am totally confused.

Thanks for your help
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One of the first things you will need to make your mind up about will be if you wish to control the points through the DCC setup or conventionally.

The Tortoise (and other slow action motors) are far superior (IMHO) than solenoid action types such as the Peco & Hornby. However, they do need more work & if you are happy with the Hornby points then you may be better off using the Hornby motors.
QUOTE (Expat @ 12 Nov 2008, 15:41) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Tortoise motors cost about £12 each whereas solenoid motors are about a fiver.

The Fulgurex & Lemarco type are about £8.50 each, but they do have two reliable changover switches built in - compare that the the total price of a Peco motor, mounting plate & switches & you will find that the slow action are more cost effective.
QUOTE (Expat @ 13 Nov 2008, 12:58) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Aaaah but compare it to the price of a Seep PM1 and it is not so cost effective.

But we are not comparing apples with apples are we ?

The Seep PM1 only has one set of auxilery contacts (& AFAIK no way to easily attach more), no end off switching & no mounting plate either.
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