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Old 01-01-2018, 07:14 PM   #1
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Default Problem with wiring of power to sideing

Hi hope someone can help me please I need very basic and idiot proof information please as I'm totally new to this after lots of years away from the hobby , I have attached a photo which may help explain my problem basically I have a short straight layout with a twin controller the green lines should which tracks I have no problem getting power down , my problems are on the red lines I just don't now how to feed power to them without the transformer controller tripping out I connect my power at the top end of the tracks marked on the photo with a + and - these can be moved if needed , if someone could edit the photo with how I should wire it this would be great , I can move locos from one track to the other through all points just cannot get anything through the two I marked on there , all points are electrofrog if that makes any difference ? Thanks for any help cheers matt stevens
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Old 01-01-2018, 07:19 PM   #2
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Before you do anything else, put the covers back on the controller/transformer - especially if you have mains power in there.
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I think you need 2 insulated rail joiners where the red tracks join the green tracks.

PS. Put the covers back on the transformers as already suggested.
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So all I need is a pair of insulated joiners placed in the marked place green lines in attached photo . How do I get the power to the siding then thanks
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Correct re IRJs. Feed from controller 2 Track terminals two wires to anywhere before the point. i.e. The far end of the siding.
Additional feeds are need to allow moves when certain points are moved.
Minimum feeds shown IMO that are needed. More IRJs and switched feeds can enhance layouts performance.
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[Im assuming this is going to be for traditional DC control].
The best way is to divide it into sections for cab control. You need double pole changeover switches with centre off to do this. (By the look of your controllers, as I can only see one transformer, you can't wire for common return but you can still wire for cab control).
I've quickly drawn a diagram of track sections and power feeds needed. I've drawn a track as a single line rather then drawn both rails per track. Is easier to draw like this.
I hope it helps and makes sense, and I've not confused things by suggesting cab control. Excuse the rough drawings.
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