Novice enquiry re Piko 35028 analogue controller

MichaelM

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Hello everyone. I am new to G Scale & this forum. I like the look of the Piko 35028 analogue 5 amp track controller with remote but know nothing about it. Anyone using it & pleased or otherwise please? Thanks Michael
 

Paul M

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Welcome to the forum Michael. Someone will be along soon to give you some advice. What do you model, and have you a layout?
 

MichaelM

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Hi Paul. I sold my old Hornby kit after it languished in the attic for nearly 40 years & enquired of N W branch of G Scale society where to begin with the big stuff. John H & Phil S were very supportive & I’m in process of designing layout hopefully by Easter. Then I’ll need to purchase more track & rolling stock, hopefully used. I have some Thomas Tank items to amuse grandchildren, a Stainz starter set & just a couple of other items. I’m looking forward to meeting other members once lockdown restrictions are lifted. Thank you for your welcome.
 

JimmyB

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Michael, welcome to the forum, though I can't tell anything about the controller, as I am in the midst of converting to R/C battery power.
 

Cranford

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Hello everyone. I am new to G Scale & this forum. I like the look of the Piko 35028 analogue 5 amp track controller with remote but know nothing about it. Anyone using it & pleased or otherwise please? Thanks Michael
I haven't used this controller but have successfully used the 35040 to control 2 analogue tracks and a battery operated loco, this was before the controller you are considering became available, I would expect it to work just as well. Range is good so the receiver can be indoors out of the weather, the walk around key fob is handy in case of problems.
 

MichaelM

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I haven't used this controller but have successfully used the 35040 to control 2 analogue tracks and a battery operated loco, this was before the controller you are considering became available, I would expect it to work just as well. Range is good so the receiver can be indoors out of the weather, the walk around key fob is handy in case of problems.
Thanks for this. Hopefully someone has used the newer one and will offer a comment confirming your positive comment.
 

ARIA31

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I did not found any description of 35028 in Piko catalog 2018/2019/2020/2021. So I don't know what your 35028 looks like !
However all my "system" control is Piko and I am very satisfied with this hardware (including my limited DCC use)
 

wandgrudd

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This is showing the American version so 120 volt transformer but the features should be the same.
 

ARIA31

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Thank you wandgrudd.
I have also put a request on the Piko web site : unknown.
I checked the Piko america catalog for USA : unknown

So it is a little bit mysterious :mask:

35028 might be 120 Volts powered
Michael lives in Liverpool UK
Possibly 35028 is for US market while 35040 is EU 220 volts.
 

Edgar

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I’ve also been interested in this hardware and had assumed the fob would require line of site to the receiver; it would definitely be nice if the electric parts could be inside and the fob communicate through a wall.
 

Gizzy

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Piko 35040 is the Remote Control Upgrade kit, of which I have used here;


The fob operates on 2.4 GHz RC and therefore is not line of sight IR Edgar....
 

1to3

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I have this system and am in the States. The 35028 has 5 amps and the remote is simple and has an emergency off feature that is useful. I have had no issues with it and it has more than enough power for a few of my locos. My understanding is that the system was designed for North America, so not sure how popular it is elsewhere or if Europe has different specs on the transformer, but it works well for me.
(I put it on a powered 'smart' outlet that I can shut off without going near it, or put it on a timer so I don't forget to turn it off at night.)
Range has been more than I needed. No line of sight, so I can change the speed from another room - even downstairs. I have gotten about 90-100' range when outside.
 

phils2um

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I have this system and am in the States.
Piko calls the power supply a "transformer". I'm pretty sure it is a switched mode power supply. You could no doubt power it with a similar 19-22VDC 100w power supply designed for you home country's mains supply. A laptop power brick for instance. Just make sure you've got the + and - hooked up properly. Actually the provided power supply might very well be multi-voltage capable and just need an adapter plug. Many are these days. Perhaps 1to3 could provide a picture or tell us what the power supply label says.
 

MichaelM

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Thanks everyone for your time & interest. Yes the Piko 35028 supplies power to the track not locomotives so it’s a cost effective alternative to digital for a novice like me. 1to3 says he has no problem with it in the States. There is 1 distributor advertising it in UK so on the basis that someone is happily using this I will make enquiries with them & report back once I’ve got my layout running, hopefully in the next month. Thanks again. Michael
 

1to3

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35028 shows the transfomer has listed numbers of...
Input: AC 100-240V 50/60Hz
Output: DC 22V 5.0A

Guessing it would work in Europe with 100-240V transformer? (But I am no electrical specialist.)
 

The Shed

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In USA : 35028
In UK or EU : 35040


In USA : 35028


In UK or EU : 35040

Whilst somewhat similar, they are two different products.

Possibly with a 35040, one could use a transformer with max voltage rating of 22 volts, taking into consideration the Max Amp rating, using the Motor outputs connect these directly to the track and use it as a pseudo 35028.
 
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ARIA31

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Thank you the shed , you are right.
I think the corresponding units for UK or UE is as follows : controller 35008 + remote 35041 + transformer 35005

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