Get intuitive control of your model train layout with IntuiSwitch™ controls. We offer several styles of controls to meet differing needs. All feature these common advantages:
What You See Is What You Control (WYSIWYC)
The graphic pattern on the face of the control matches the turnout on the layout.
Tactile feedback. The embossed pushbutton allows sure operation even when you aren't looking at the control, and a
"click" confirms your button presses.
Visual feedback. You see how the turnout is set even if the turnout itself is hidden by scenery or height.
Day and night operation. The illuminated pushbutton and track position are visible even in the dark.
Fail safe operation. Remembers turnout state even during power loss.
No sharp edges or protrusions to catch on clothing or jewelry or cause injury.
Quick, easy installation with a drill and screwdriver - no soldering needed.
Available in different output types Our standard unit directly drives a Tortoise™ switch motor, while our
-H version works with external JMRI or DCC decoders. To the user, they provide the same consistent interface, allowing a mix of stand-alone and automated turnouts on the same layout.
Our Classic IntuiSwitch™ control has an angled face that makes it easy to see when mounted on a vertical fascia. Provided with self-adhesive mounting, installation is easy. Decide where to mount it. Drill a 1/4 inch hole through the fascia for the wires to go through. Peel the backing off the self-adhesive strips on the IntuiSwitch™ control. Put the four wires of the control into the hole. Line the control up level, and press it on to the fascia. This one minute video demonstrates the mounting process! Then wire one pair of wires to power. Wire the other pair to the turnout being controlled. That's it!
The classic IntuiSwitch™ is available in these six track patterns.
Fascia-mounted IntuiSwitch™ controls mounted near their respective turnouts provide convenient control, as you can see in these photos of Pete Vollmer (of Williamsburg, VA)'s layout:
NEW! IntuiSwitch™ DIY Controls
Many of you were impressed by our classic IntuiSwitch™ controls, but needed something a little different. Modular clubs needed a flush-mount version that wouldn't be easily damaged with frequent transport of the modules. Others wanted to know if they could buy "just the guts" for use in making panels. We decided against selling our circuit board by itself for use in panels because we know the embossing and tolerances involved between the switch circuit board and overlay are challenging enough that some customers would be unhappy with their results. But we have now come up with an easy, reliable solution: our DIY IntuiSwitch™ control. This version has a round body that fits in a one inch diameter hole, and has the graphic overlay already attached. When mounted, the overlay protrudes just 1/32" above the panel. The diameter including the overlay is 1 1/8", allowing multiple controls to be mounted much closer together than our classic IntuiSwitch™ controls. Installation is easy, too. Decide where to mount it. Drill a 1" diameter hole. Rotate the control to match the desired track orientation, and press it in the hole. Friction fit keeps the control in place. Wire the power pair of wires to your power source. Wire the other pair to the turnout being controlled. That's it!
Pete Vollmer's layout includes a wye controlled by three DIY-style IntuiSwitch™ controls.
IntuiSwitch™ turnout controls, the easy solution to controlling your model railroad layout.
IntuiSwitch™ turnout controls answer your search for an attractive, easily installed and easy to use method of controlling model railroad turnouts activated by Tortoise™ stall motor switch machines.
The electronic controller inside the Intuiswitch translates the press of a button into the proper drive signal for the switch machine, and also displays the current turnout position through the backlit housing. When you shut down your layout at the end of the day, the controller remembers the current position of the switch. When you start your next session, the turnout comes up in the same position, correctly shown on the built-in display.
Installation is simple:
Drill a small hole (1/4 inch is sufficient) in the fascia to accomodate the four wires.
Remove the red lining from the permanent self-adhesive strips on the back of the control
Insert the four wires through the hole in the fascia
Push the control firmly onto the fascia.
Wire the red and black power leads to a 9 to 27 volt DC or AC power source, or to a DCC-powered track. (If using DC, wire red to +, black to -.)
Wire the yellow and violet leads to the stall motor switch machine.
The controls are available for $13.95 each, in the following standard route patterns:
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