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Old 27-03-2018, 09:21 AM   #11
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Yes at full power
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Old 27-03-2018, 09:40 AM   #12
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Interesting. Are you checking that with the train on or off the track? Where and how are you testing? Check the track in multiple locations, working logically towards the track feed point. Take a reading from the track clip, if you use one. If you can, take a reading from the closest point to the controller, which may be the cable.

Can you post a picture of your setup and how you are testing?

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I have my multimeter clipped to the plug direct. Its not even plugged into the track. Can provide a photo tonight, off to work in a minute
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Old 27-03-2018, 09:51 AM   #14
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Assuming you are using a R8250 as in your earlier post, are you using the P9000 transformer that came with it? You've clipped your meter the the plug... the plug from the wall or the plug from the controller? If from the controller, check the transformer by doing the same test to its output... obviously taking take not to short it. That should get a reading of around 15v. Dc.
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Wolfie : did you manage to check this out?
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Old 29-03-2018, 12:03 PM   #16
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I feel the reading being seen is perhaps AC volts?
Is the multimeter definitely set to read volts DC?
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Something is definitely not right...
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Old 30-03-2018, 09:50 AM   #18
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OK sorry, been at work

Heres the transformer, its definitely a P9000



And its giving the expected 19v



And heres the controller, note its set to full. The other one is the same.



And the meter is properly set too

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What is the voltage reading across the rails with a loco on the track?
I'm wondering if the overload cut-out has tripped inside the controller? Hence the low output reading off load which may reduce even more with a load applied, hence question above. Or the controllers PWM circuit has failed?

Some of these self resetting OL devices can take ages to reset while some seem to never reset!
I had a controller (not this particular one though) in the fridge for some 24 hours in an attempt to make the thermal OL cut-out reset. It did reset eventually, but not until a day or so after removing it from the fridge!! I binned the controller in the end and got a Gaugemaster unit as it kept failing.

(Daft) question... I assume the direction switch is over fully? Try moving the direction switch left and right several times to make the contacts inside the switch wipe themselves as the switch is moved over and back.

A simple test on working controller.... Set meters dial to DC Amps 10Amp range (marked in red) and move red meter lead to other socket. Connect the multimeter in series with one rail feed wire. Do this by removing one feed wire from power clip and connect meters red lead onto its end. Plug meters black lead into the rail connector where the wire was removed from. Place working loco on track and turn on power. Assume loco moves you should obtain a current reading. Note the reading. When loco stops is current still flowing? No its the cut-out in the controller tripped. Power off and remove meters leads and reconnect feed wire to track. Turn meter Off and move red lead back to V socket.
What current reading was noted? The controller will trip at between 600 and 800 milliamp (0.6 to 0.8Amp) was the measurement anywhere near to this?
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2nd hand gaugemaster it is then

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