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 and 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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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.
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 short-proof reversing power with just two wire connections. The same DC power can power small lights, and accessories up to 60ma. Save when you get Toggles and a Base in a Direct System Package. Team them up with our Easy-Wire Tortoise Adapters for a solder free installation.
Our recently introduced Direct Base Tortoise Adapter controls a single Tortoise with a single Toggle. It’s all built into a tiny socketed adapter that plugs right onto the Tortoise! Great for modules, or those lonely spurs and crossovers far from any other switches. Designed for flexibility, this base gets power from a DC or DCC bus for the least wiring possible!
Our new Direct Plus System delivers 4 times more power than our original Direct System with more connections and more flexibility. New terminals make it easy to wire ON/OFF or reversing 12vDC outputs. Plenty of juice to run MP1, MP5 and Switch Tender machines. Ideal to run strings of small lights, LEDs, and small motors. Great for most DC turntable motors too.
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 to DCC decoders and 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
New: 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. 1/2/18.
Make your Tortoise brand switch machines a lot easier to wire! Or use our new powered Direct Base Tortoise Adapter to run a Tortoise with a Touch Toggle right at the machine.
>> 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 Switch Machine Terminal Adapters greatly simplify wiring Tortoise switch machines!
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