Re: Bachmann ez Trac switches
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thank you. I would have thought the manufacturer would have mentioned how to hook up the frog wire in the instructions. But NO they waited until I got the whole thing installed.
On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 3:48 PM, DAVID KLEMM davidklemm7511@...
You can’t hook the frog straight to a buss wire. When a turnout is in the closed position, it needs power from one wire and when it is thrown it needs power from the other wire.
I appreciate your reply, let me answer your good questions:
Was everything OK then suddenly the problem developed? It was working fine when I had the table wired from the top of the table, switches all worked fine. The only thing different is I painted the tracks, ran the feeder wires to the respective
block bus wire and hooked up the frog wires to one side of the bus line (there was only one wire from the frog)
Is the whole layout one big electrical system (no blocks)
the table has 6 blocks. It's the switch block with the short problem. or can you isolate and test sections one by one?
I'm desperate and planning on removing each switch and test it for an internal short, but before I do that just today I had a buddy look at it with me and we discovered that some gaps between track and frogs are closer than others, perhaps in fitting the tracks
together at the final installation. I'm going to use a dremel and make the close gaps open a little more.
Have you added track work which incidentally created a wye or a reversing loop without wiring for that?
I have not added any track it's a new table layout.
With no rolling stock at all on the track do you have shorts i..e. breaker breaking? only
yes, I have a buzzer set up that allows me to test track. All the other blocks no problem, engine will run on them until it hits the switch block.
From pictures on eBay these switches all seem to have plastic frogs....
the frogs are metal and have one wire coming from underneath to power the frog. They don't tell you which side of the bus to hook it up.
So I don’t understand your comment about frog wires.
How many switches are installed on your layout?
8 How large is the layout? 5x12
thanks again for your input
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