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Tortoise and Hare (or Wabbit?)
« on: February 17, 2013, 03:45:24 PM »
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So I have a reversing loop going on the first level of my layout but I designed originally back in 2000 in the hopes some one would mass market a system to auto throw and auto reverse turnouts which seems to have come to pass.  But I was away from the hobby for some time, really not coming back actively until 8 months ago, so I kind of feel "out of it" a bit electronically speaking.  I own the Digitrax Chief and system but really in the process of re-learning it.

So can some one explain the difference between the Hare and the Wabbit; I'm assuming both will accomplish my above turnout need.

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Re: Tortoise and Hare (or Wabbit?)
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2013, 04:40:39 PM »
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Pretty much they both do the same thing. Hare is just on board for one Tortosie motor and the Wabbit handles 2 via one board with cables. There are also some other little details between the two.

Tonys DCC has a head to head PDF on them;
http://www.tonystrains.com/technews/hare_v_wabbit.htm

I was planning on using the Wabbit with feedback, but ended up going Tam Valley Depot's Quad LN
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Re: Tortoise and Hare (or Wabbit?)
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2013, 11:04:35 PM »
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Ian can you say why you went the direction you did, I'm assuming you are after the same thing, auto throw of turnout and auto reversing.
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Re: Tortoise and Hare (or Wabbit?)
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2013, 02:45:29 AM »
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Actually it was cost.

I have no need for auto throw or reverse so it wasn't a focus point for me. Sorry :P
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Re: Tortoise and Hare (or Wabbit?)
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2013, 04:50:13 PM »
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Rsn48,
I have used a tortoise machine or a snap coil machine on a turnout that is at the end of a auto reversing loop. The key is the electronics. I used PSX-AR from Tony's train exchange. (I use dcc).

The PSX-AR will mange the auto reverse as well as throw the turnout on the reverse loop.

As I used a snap coil machine, I was able to place gaps at the frog end of the turnout. The PSX-AR detects so fast, that it changes the polarity and throws the turnout before the lead loco gets from the joiner on the turnout to the frog!

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