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Overview bogobit signal braking modules (DC technology)

Brake modules are electronic circuits that let locos with digital decoder brake smoothly on a section of track.

There are different technological principles, on which brake modules can work. For more background information read our page on brake module technological basics. The brake modules described hereafter are based on the working principle "brake on DC". This term "brake on DC" is established among DCC users, while märklin users simply know it as the "märklin brake module" technology. The brake module generates a brake voltage, which is basically just negative DC, and feeds it to the track. The loco decoder detects this and then smoothly brakes the loco. "Brake on DC" works with all modern märklin decoders, and most compatible decoders. It also works with many DCC decoders, most of which need a certain configuration to enable it. Some DCC decoders differentiate between the voltage polarities, which allows direction dependent braking.

Also märklin users need not live without direction dependent braking. The Bremsmodul Oneway is designed to do this. The brake voltage is

This working principle is known to märklin users and to DCC users as "brake on dc".

bogobit Bremsmodul Classic

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The bogobit Bremsmodul Classic is characterised by its very easy track work, because it only needs one insulated track section. This is possible thanks to the integrated current limit protection to avoid critical short circuits. It does not need a transition or stop track as usual with many other brake modules. This simplifies track construction work and allows an easy upgrade from an already built, conventionally controlled layout to a digitally controlled layout. The length of the insulated section must be as long as the locos' longest braking distance.

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bogobit Bremsmodul Oneway

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With the prototype, a signal applies only in one direction. Locos in opposite direction just keep on driving. For your model railway this can be done with the bogobit Bremsmodul Oneway. To detect the driving direction, the track must be insulated into two sections. Current sensors in each section detect the loco and the brake module can take appropriate action.

Operational mode 1 e. g. on free track: The brake module is used at one signal with braking in one direction.

Operational mode 2 track in a station: The brake module is used at two signals with braking in either direction.

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It is simple, is is common - the Standard-Bremsmodul

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The Standard-Bremsmodul is a low-prices brake module. The required track installation, with its three track sections, is well known among märklin users, like a de facto standard.

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