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Digital Marklin Layout with Analog/Manual Control of Turnouts

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Digital Marklin Layout with Analog/Manual Control of Turnouts

I am putting my track plan together.  It is a digital layout andI will be running my locos digitally.  I would like to know if I can manually control thru control boxes and a separate transformer my turnouts?  I know that I will not have to connect the decoder to the turnout motor.So can I do it manually?  If so is there a way you could explain how I can accomplish this without frying my electronics?I would like control signals this way in the future also.I just like the idea of looking at a control panel and pressing buttons. Yes you can run...

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Viessmann 5211 turnout decoder (K-83)

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Viessmann 5211 turnout decoder (K-83)

Viessmann 5211 decoder The Viessmann 5211 decoder has eight separately switchable, short circuitproof, impulse outputs which can be used for example to switch semaphores, turnouts or uncoupling tracks. It is very similar to the Marklin K-83 decoder. The decoder uses the Motorola data format and so it can be used with thesystem Marklin Digital (controllable by the Central Station using the Keyboardor the Switchboard, too). The 5211 has to be set to an address, which connects it with 4 succeedingpairs of switches of a Switchboard, a Keyboard or the Central Station. You cansee it in the table at the end of...

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Is your Marklin Sound Car without sound?

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Is your Marklin Sound Car without sound?

The Marklin sound cars are an easy way to add sound to your layout. Most of the Marklin sound cars have a 21-pin decoder that is mounted upside down on the ceiling of the car. With rough treatment (for example during shipping), it is possible that the decoder can come loose. A quiet (soundless) car will be the result. Luckily, it is very easy to re-seat the decoder. No tools are needed. The process is described in the picture tutorial below. We are using a new Marklin 43252, but the instruction can apply for other cars.   Start by pulling...

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80 digital addresses for Marklin Motorola Digital

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80 digital addresses for Marklin Motorola Digital

I was a little confused about the amount of engines we can use in digital because the Marklin control center 6021 only allows up to 80 engine addresses. Is ESU better? The Marklin Motorola digital system was a state of the art digital system to control your trains in the 90’s. It allows simultaneous operation of up to 80 locomotives and 256 solenoid accessories all on the same layout. Marklin together with ESU developed the MFX digital system. It works alongside the Marklin Motorola system. So you can still use "older" digital locomotives alongside newer MFX digital locomotives. Every locomotive with...

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