Grade Crossing Comparison
We did some research on Logic Rail and Circuitron crossing controllers. Feel free to verify our results, but we tried to make an apples to apples comparison. The Cross Hare does two tracks (expandable) with photocells, drives the Tortoise directly, controls the flashers (simulates incandescent or modern LED styles), provides bell sounds and includes sensors and speaker. The Cross Hare also provides prototypical operation if the train triggers the crossing but does not enter the gate section.
Circuitron: Circuitron's DT2 detector uses photocells and provides the prototypical release of the crossing if the train does not go through. You need two DT2s for two tracks, plus a FL-2 flasher, and Br1 bell. The flasher does not allow for the model LEDs to simulate incandescent flashers. To control a Tortoise, you also need a relay since the output is on/off rather than +/- polarity. We priced this at $134.48 plus the cost of a relay and a speaker, probably another $15.00 or so.
Logic Rail: Their GCP uses photocells, provides the prototypical rejected crossing logic, and will provide the simulation of incandescent flashers with LEDs. It will automate a single track so requires two circuits to do a double track. It also requires a bell (ITT-BELL) circuit and a speaker (SPKR2.5 no enclosure). We priced this at $132.85 on the Logic Rail web site.
Cross Hare: Tony's sells the complete Cross Hare kit (controller, lamp control, sound, speaker, sensors) less the actual crossbucks and gate for $109.95. So in conclusion: the Cross Hare provides the same or better performance and features than Circuitron and Logic Rail for $20 to $30 less. Full disclosure: Larry Maier of Tony's and DCC Specialties designed the Cross Hare, so we did try to make it the most cost-effective total solution on the market.