Powering Atlas solenoid switch motors -- DC/AC/???
Recently I stumbled across Atlas undertable switch motors, which would be great for the upper shelf of my layout as there is very little vertical clearance. Am using Tortoise motors elsewhere and controlling them all with DS64s fed by a common DC power bus (discarded flat screen TV power supply). The upper layer track is all mounted on cork over camper tape to damp sound. But I am having a bit of a senior moment trying to understand the conflicting discussions about the appropriate power source. The vendor says an AC power source is required to toggle the solenoid. Some discussion says DC works just as well, others say using DC will destroy the coil in short order. If I were to use these things it would save me a lot of screwing around (and they are pretty cheap too).
Any of you more experienced folks have a view on this? If I am feeding the coil with DC from my DS64 do I need to be concerned? Or should I source a low voltage AC power supply just for these things?
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