- on Hobby & Modelling
- Published in issue 7/2004 on page 0
Pseudo Track Occupancy Detector
for Märklin Digital Systems
Track occupancy detectors are needed for hidden yards and other sections of track that are hard to see, but they are also necessary for block operation. The circuit described here uses an LED to indicate track occupancy for digitally controlled Märklin HO model train systems (including Delta Control). In contrast to a real track occupancy detector, which detects all vehicles, it only responds to vehicles that draw traction current. This means it can be used without making complicated modifications to the rolling stock and track, since it is only necessary to gap the third rail.