Recently we had a production machine break down. The replacement machine is in place. We’ve run into a learning curve on prepping the new machine’s software but are expecting only a day or two more. We will be producing new Snap Action Bases and should be shipping all backorders quite soon now. Most other items are still in stock, but may also be briefly affected at this busy time. Thank you for your patience.
Touch Toggles: the replacement for the toggle switch.
Touch Toggles are a system of modular Touch Controls. Years of design and research have created a system which is easy to install, easy to use and affordable.
Pre-engineered touch control parts let anyone build a control panel with plug together parts using tools we all know how to use: scissors and tape!
Touch Toggles sense your finger’s presence from behind glass, paper, or plastic. Touching our standard toggle changes its indicator from green to red, and back again with the next touch. The circuit turns on and off, or the switch machine moves back and forth. Momentary controls are also available to operate like a door bell push-button, on only as long as your touch is present; Great for uncouplers, accessories, and sounds. All the toggles plug into a control base that lets each toggle operate any connected device. Different control bases are used for different types of devices.
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Choose the Right System:
On or off? Relays provide real switch-contact control for traditional circuits. Each Real-Switch Relay System Base lets Touch Toggles control SPDT contacts that can switch up to 10 amps of AC, DC, track power, or signals. Like all our 12v powered bases, you can daisy-chain to a series of Bases side by side to share a power supply. Connect a string of Relay Bases to control up to 20 switches from one 12v power supply. Save when you purchase a Real-Switch Relay System Package including the Touch Toggles.
Ideal to operate Tortoise, or any stall motor switch machine. The Direct Base provides reversing power with just two wire connections to each Tortoise. These bases are usually placed right behind the control panel. Team them up with our Easy-Wire Tortoise Adapters for a fast solder free installation.
This POWERED Right-On-The-Machine driver is a great problem solver combining a socket Tortoise adapter and a powered Tortoise controller. Usually used for modules, or distant turnouts with fascia controls it is self powered and operates without our centralized Direct Base units. The Touch Toggle plugs right into the adapter. Designed for flexibility, this base gets power from DC or a DCC bus for the least wiring possible!
** Please review our Direct Base Systems (above) for the simplest and most commonly used Tortoise system
*** Use our UNPOWERED Easy-Wire Tortoise Adapters for a solder free socket installation for a second machine at a crossover or with our Direct Bases.
Operates twin coil three wire type machines like Atlas, Bachmann, NJ, and Peco. Our innovative design has charge management to make sure every snap is a good snap. Bundle a base with your favorite Touch Toggles for a package deal.
For Kato, Rapido Trains and European 2 wire coil machines. The same sophisticated power management as our 3-wire system with reversing polarity 2-wire outputs.
Some modelers are looking to Radio Control type Servo Motors to throw switches and animation. These little motors are used to steer RC cars and planes. They offer a powerful, adjustable, and inexpensive alternative to traditional switch machines. Our Servo Control Bases control 4 or 8 RC servo motors for 2 position operation. Every servo driven by our system can be adjusted for start position, stop position and speed! Save when you order in a Servo System Package with all the Touch Toggles included! (Review our Setting Up and Adjusting Servos page for all the fine print.)
Universal Translator - Links Toggles to DCC decoders or computer control.
Now Touch Toggles can control and properly indicate DCC controlled turnouts; Our Translator is fluent in the language of many different types of decoders. More Info on Universal Translator
Control Other Systems
Our Touch Toggles play well with Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, and 5v logic interfaces.
Use Touch Toggles in your own electronic project. Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, TTL and CMOS logic
Our tour of what happens inside the Touch Toggle now includes notes on controlling Toggle indication in your code. This is a handy advanced technique to help with route control and other techniques that need to change Toggle indication without touching.
The Toggle Access Base lets you power up to 4 Touch Toggles, and connect directly to their sense line with terminal connections.
Our Terminal Base Input lets you easily control any 4 base inputs with traditional switches or contacts.
Our new Third-Light is a great solution for how to display CROSSOVERS. This adds a green panel light to any two-light Touch Toggle for a Green/Red/Green row of lights.
Our plug-in solutions for controlling Wyes and two new ways to operate Three Way Switches are available NOW!
The very best for LESS! Big easy to wire clamping terminals and a removable socket so you can wire your connections in your hand, and not upside down under a table. Our reorganized terminal order lets the Tortoise wiring order make a lot more sense and be so much easier to remember. All the soldering is done for you! Make your Tortoise brand switch machines a lot easier to wire!
The Mini-Cup Toggle
Our Mini-Cup Touch Toggle is a one piece Toggle and mount. Available with either one-light or two-light indication. Look at all the details here! Designed along the lines of Gerry Leone’s clever recessed Touch Toggle fascia mount described in the November 2015 Model Railroader and Model Railroader Video Plus, the Mini-Cup Touch Toggle is ready to go; Just pop it into a 1″ hole in any material.
>> Watch the video with Berrett Hill’s Kevin Hunter installing the system on Joey Ricard’s Trackside Scenery layout.
We offer an Undertable Servo Mount to make it easy to operate model railroad turnouts with common radio-control servos. These popular mounts are now available with a micro-switch to provide direct, dependable electrical switching for frog power or signals!
Our In-Table servo well mount. Use just one tool to install and there’s no under table work! Now our in-table mounts are available with a micro-switch to provide electrical contacts too!
Our Easy-Wire Tortoise Adapters greatly simplify wiring Tortoise switch machines!
Contact Kevin Hunter with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443 527 6320.
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