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by Brian
Fri May 20, 2022 4:09 pm
Forum: All Wiring and Electrical
Topic: DPDT to control LEDs to show if track is live
Replies: 6
Views: 91

Re: DPDT to control LEDs to show if track is live

Hi Several years ago I conducted some basic rule of thumb current readings using the Gaugemaster Prodigy Advance 2 DCC system. I can't find the data to hand right away, but from memory, the quiescent current of a decoder (Non sound) was less then 0.01Amp - less than 10 milliamps. Thats with everythi...
by Brian
Sat May 14, 2022 7:15 pm
Forum: Members layouts
Topic: WEST ORTON
Replies: 635
Views: 99142

Re: WEST ORTON

The lamps look superb Steve. Well done for the paint work. All they need is a Gas lamp twinkler (MERG kit No 61 £2.93 for three lamps plus P & P) :D Fine wire to a suitable wire sic=ze (7/0.2mm) is a pain but a careful soldering and some fine/small bore heat shrink tubing will work, best done on the...
by Brian
Sat May 14, 2022 9:25 am
Forum: Layout Track & Design
Topic: First set, help please!
Replies: 7
Views: 231

Re: First set, help please!

Check the track rails with a magnet. Fridge magnet will do. If its steel rail the magnet will be attracted if modern Nickel Silver rail it wont be attracted. TBH If Steel rail it's not that good as it rusts and causes poor running. It can be cleaned to a degree, but it will rust again! Its best to p...
by Brian
Sat May 14, 2022 9:15 am
Forum: All Wiring and Electrical
Topic: Dual track control.
Replies: 10
Views: 193

Re: Dual track control.

Hi The colours I've used - Red/Black and Green/Black are purely for identification, they do not necessarily mean you have to use wires of those colours. They could all be the same, all red, all green etc but that can easily lead to incorrect wiring, so it's best to use separate insulation colours to...
by Brian
Fri May 13, 2022 5:32 pm
Forum: All Wiring and Electrical
Topic: Dual track control.
Replies: 10
Views: 193

Re: Dual track control.

Hi I have used your revised track plan and shown the very minimum of rail feeds required. All points provide power routing to their set direction. Place feeds (arrows) to as near to the places shown and the layout will work with two separate controllers. Note the two IRJs in the two cross over point...
by Brian
Fri May 13, 2022 2:48 pm
Forum: All Wiring and Electrical
Topic: Dual track control.
Replies: 10
Views: 193

Re: Dual track control.

Ah right thank you Brian. If I remove the y point for now and just have two separate lines will that eliminate the reverse loop? I can always revisit it when I sort the main layout and get a bit more experience, I can concentrate on how to achieve my main question above then :D Cheers,Lee. Hi Yes t...
by Brian
Fri May 13, 2022 2:21 pm
Forum: Layout Track & Design
Topic: First set, help please!
Replies: 7
Views: 231

Re: First set, help please!

Hi Are the metal rail joiners (Fishplates) missing or have you seen that each section of track only has two joiners per section. left hand rail one end and right hand rail on the other end. If these are missing, I would suspect the set isn't brand new but possibly used (Secondhand)? Re loose joiners...
by Brian
Fri May 13, 2022 2:15 pm
Forum: All Wiring and Electrical
Topic: Dual track control.
Replies: 10
Views: 193

Re: Dual track control.

Hi Lee You have a reverse loops created by the Y pointwork. This will need for DC operation some means of reversing the rails polarity in an isolated section of track that's longer than the longest train Usually a DPDT Centre Off switch is used but can also be done by point motor operated Double Pol...
by Brian
Fri May 13, 2022 12:26 pm
Forum: DCC (Digital)
Topic: block section
Replies: 8
Views: 218

Re: block section

I have to admit I don't use PC layout control. How is each block section detected? I use current detection via DCC rail power with the traction current being passed via a current transformers and IRJs in one rail proved the boundaries of the section. These light indication LEDs on my mimic panel as ...
by Brian
Fri May 13, 2022 8:21 am
Forum: The Welcome Forum
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 14
Views: 233

Re: Hello!

Hi Francesca
A warm welcome to you.
Please don't hesitate to ask a question or seek clarification on anything model railways, I'm sure you will get plenty of answers :D