The Trak-DTL Can Automate
- Reverse Loops
- Reversing track polarity for a variable speed automatic back-n-forth
- The control of polarity reverse type switch machines
- Sequencing i.e. automate station stops so that every other train must stop at the station.
The TRAK-DTL is a variation of current detection (TRAKDT) that includes a latching circuit to hold the relay position. As a result of this latching circuit, each time current flow is sensed by the detection coil, the TRAK-DTL changes the state of its relay. When current ceases to flow for a few seconds, the TRAKDTL is then ready for the next sense of current flow to change the state of its relay. This event is repeated again after a few seconds of no current flow occurs.
Current Sensed -> Relay Activates -> Current Removed -> Current Sensed -> Relay Deactivates -> Current Removed -> Reset
The relay has double pole, double throw (DPDT) contacts so it can be wired as a polarity reversing switch. This allows the TRAK-DTL to be used to automate reversing loops. It can also operate DC powered switch machines in conjunction to it's track power control when adding the 555 RELAY BOARD. Reverse loop's are normally broken into 1/3 sections. This way when the engine enters the "sensed section" the relay would immediately reverse but the TRAKDTL will continue to sense current flow until the entire engine clears the section of track. This way a caboose that has lights with no other cars in the train drawing any current, you would not retrigger the TRAKDTL causing a double reverse. It can also be used to provide a continuous "back and forth" operation on a single track such as for a trolley car or engine on a work bench, utilizing DC track power. Drawings utilizing the TRAKDTL can be found in our Wiring Guide
The TRAK-DTL can also be used to set up sequential functions by having the relay enable other devices when activated and disable these devices when relaxed. The TRAKDTL can also be cascaded with each other to perform as many divides of occurrences you would like. This way a trolley / train can pass the station numerous times before it stops. Various other types of items can be made to work in delayed fashion this way as well. A typical way of forcing block or timed stops is to merely turn on a ballast lamp
while passing the lamp power through the other detectors sense coils. All kinds of automation and wiring can be done with the TRAKDT family with simple wiring of the logic you want your trains to do! The RED LED provides for an easy visual indication for activation.