Transformer/Controller Recommendations?

 
  Old Northern Junior Train Controller

I have an EDA transformer/ controller that is probably about 25 years old but has seen little use.  It has two throttle controls plus the usual AC outlet.  I have only ever used one of the throttle controls, and it has always worked perfectly, but I recently tried out the other one and found that it provides power to the track when it is at the off position.  For the moment this is not a problem, as with my present set up I can only run one train at a time, but in the future I hope to have something a bit more adventurous and would need to control two trains at the same time.

I do not want to go down the DCC track, as my locomotives are in the “collectors’ items” category and, even if I could convert them, I wouldn’t want to.

Can someone recommend a reasonably priced unit that would be suitable?

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  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
It might be worth getting the unit checked over as it may simply have a short in it. The wiring in any EDA unit is usually very tight and only just fits in the case  etc. It might simply be that two bare wires or contacts are touching or even a solder joint that has bridged two contacts inside. I would suggest you get it checked though by someone who knows their way around such a unit. If he says it is kaput then get or try to get a replacement controller.

For straight DC control a good old H&M Duette is superb and they are built to last. However they have not been made in many years now so you will need to keep a lookout for second hand ones at shops that deal with secondhand trains etc and also on places like E Bay.

I have that are years old and they still work as good as the day they were built, you can also get single units as well from H&M these are the clippers and I have 3 of these here and again all work. Each one has it's job to do on my layout as well.

Oh and they also come with a separate DC uncontrolled output for adding another controller possibly a walk around type on a tether cord and also a AC uncontrolled out put as well. Both types are the same!
  viaprojects Chief Train Controller

I have an EDA transformer/ controller that is probably about 25 years old but has seen little use.  It has two throttle controls plus the usual AC outlet.

Can someone recommend a reasonably priced unit that would be suitable?
"Old Northern"



still have my EDA. if you wish to use the same, CDA is the option http://cdaelectronics.com/ ... or make you own is still an option.( plug pack and some basic parts )
  Old Northern Junior Train Controller

Thanks for the responses.

I don't really want to make my own, as I wouldn't trust my understanding of electrics.  I'll tackle wiring for 12 volts DC, but I wouldn't touch anything involving 240 volts AC.

As for having the unit repaired, I might check out that option first.  I had initially considered that, but then thought that the repair might cost too much, such is the way of things these days.  Does anyone know somewhere in Sydney I might take it to?  (I live in the Hills district)


If a repair is not viable, then I would look at buying something.
  sol Assistant Commissioner

Location: Evanston Gardens SA
Have a look at these then
http://aus.morleycontrollers.com/shop/default.asp
  viaprojects Chief Train Controller

Thanks for the responses.



As for having the unit repaired, I might check out that option first.  I had initially considered that, but then thought that the repair might cost too much, such is the way of things these days.  Does anyone know somewhere in Sydney I might take it to?  (I live in the Hills district)


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Old Northern


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  gunzel42 Locomotive Driver

Have a look at these then
http://aus.morleycontrollers.com/shop/default.asp
sol
There is no way I would recommend Morley controllers after seeing two failed units.  They are poorly constructed, have easily damaged components, and no spare part availability.
  3333 Station Staff

Thanks for the responses.



As for having the unit repaired, I might check out that option first.  I had initially considered that, but then thought that the repair might cost too much, such is the way of things these days.  Does anyone know somewhere in Sydney I might take it to?  (I live in the Hills district)

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  Oscar Train Controller

How about Gaugemaster? I've got a panel mount 2 track with simulator/brake control on both. Without the sim on it runs pancake motors smoother and anything more advanced with worm gear drives like DJH and modern diesels run very smooth and quiet. They're range isn't cheap especially with transformers but worth the money. I bought mine used with transformers off eBay a few of years ago for about $150. Keep an eye out there because they pop up from time to time as more people move to DCC.
  3333 Station Staff

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