HO UK model rail
A point (or switch, as our American cousins call it) is a set of tracks that can alter the direction of the train in one of two directions. This can be done by hand using a throw over switch on the track or electromechanical using our digital operation.
C – track right turn point
There are two methods that I have used to effect the digital operation of points.
Märklin sell a variety of straight, curved, crossed and ‘Y” points. These are mechanically/manually operated and can have additional devices retrofitted. These devices are:
Therefore to get a realistic looking, fully functioning set of digital points all 3 devices need to be purchased in addition to the points itself. Finding a kit with all 4 items is, I am told, possible but difficult to find.
Why doesn’t Märklin sell a digital set of Märklin points with motor,decoder and lights all in one? You may well ask. Presumably it is because they have calculated that there is a bigger profit margin on the separate items.