DCC Cobalt Motor - page 1

We thought we would start by telling you a bit
more about what is included in these pages...
as while they do of course include instructions
and installation guidance for our Cobalt turn-
out motor, they are far more than just that!
So what’s inside?
We know that our Cobalt turnout motor will be bought
and used by experienced and newer modellers alike,
so we thought we would not only tell you how to get the
best out of Cobalt, but also share some tips and ideas
that may make the whole process of layout creation,
turnout selection, installation & automation a bit easier.
Throughout, the manual we will also do our very best to
anticipate those questions that never actually arise until
its time to lay the track and install the turnouts!
We hope that you will find it useful.
Still need more help?
Try as we will we know that there will always be more
questions than we thought of here and that sometimes,
we will describe something in a way that is still not
100% clear to you..or perhaps still needs some more
detail or qualification in relation to your specific layout.
If that happens, please feel free to email us at:
nd we will do our very best
provide the help that you need
Across the world there are several ways to describe the
parts of a turnout or details of an installation, so we
have done our best to use terms with a reasonable
level of universal understanding.
Therefore we have chosen to use the following terms.
We have selected the word “Turnout” to describe the
whole device... Of course its often also called a “Point”
in UK or a “switch” in USA....
We use also “Frog” to describe the area that is more
correctly called the “Common crossing” (the combina-
tion of Vee , check rails and associated closure rails)
and “Tie bar” to describe the moving bar that joints the
two “Point blades”.
As to Cobalt... the wire that moves the tie bar is called
the “actuator wire”, the device that moves the wire the
“actuator bar” and the sliding bracket that guides the
actuator wire and adjusts its range is the “fulcrum bar”.
There are more... But hopefully all will be clear to you.
Turnout control redefined
Quiet, versatile, more reliable and far easier to install
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About these pages...
We’ve done our best to make this
far more than just an owners manual
Introduction to the Cobalt Manual
Cobalt overview: information and features
Cobalt general specifications
The Cobalt accessory range
detailed Cobalt installation information
Offset mounting for difficult places
8, 9, 10
Wiring Cobalt for standard control panel use
Wiring Cobalt for DCC operation
Wiring Cobalt for both panel & DCC operation
“thinking outside the square” with Cobalt
Using the Cobalt installation template
Using Cobalt accessory items
Improving turnout performance + reliability
17, 18,
Improving turnout realism in a few easy steps
Laying track & turnouts/pre-ballast preparation
20, 21
Ballasting around your Turnouts without worry
The unique Cobalt lifetime Warranty
Cobalt is fully CE approved
Modellers and model railway clubs are welcome to use this information
for “own use” in any way they wish however no re-publication or web
use of any kind is permitted without prior permission. Any appropriate
commercial client use will always be acceptable with prior authorisation.
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