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Re: track wiring
« Reply #75 on: April 04, 2018, 03:47:36 pm »
Pins I think I,m go for but I have peco pins and they are crap, Where,s the best from? and do I use hammer or punch or both.

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Re: track wiring
« Reply #76 on: April 04, 2018, 04:06:48 pm »
Pins I think I,m go for but I have peco pins and they are crap, Where,s the best from? and do I use hammer or punch or both.


As I think I've mentioned in another thread today, I much prefer to glue the track but if I do pin (hidden trackwork and/or in fiddleyards) I use Hornby track pins as my baseboard is ply.  For flexi track I pre-form a hole in the sleeper using a dressmaker's pin pushed in with pliers. For Setrack the holes are already present in the sleepers.

Definitely use some sort of punch so that if you miss you won't strike the rail directly with the hammer and possibly damage it. I have a favourite tool I use as a punch, it's actually a tightening "key" from an old coat stand!


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Re: track wiring
« Reply #77 on: April 04, 2018, 04:20:42 pm »
I pilot drill holes in flexitrack  and base using a 0.8mm drill bit in a small pin vice drill to a depth to suit the track pins. These then tap in easily and are secure.
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Re: track wiring
« Reply #78 on: April 04, 2018, 05:07:47 pm »
I think I,m going to pin it ordered pins and a punch set £7 the lot ( not bad eh )

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Re: track wiring
« Reply #79 on: April 04, 2018, 11:11:16 pm »
The pins are overly long and hence bend easily. Does as Delboy suggests, but in addition snip about 1/3 off the length. Mind your eyes if you use cutters to do this.
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Re: track wiring
« Reply #80 on: April 15, 2018, 03:32:24 pm »
ON-OFF-ON 10amp 250 are these ok for N gauge wiring?

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Re: track wiring
« Reply #81 on: April 15, 2018, 03:41:36 pm »
Way overkill!  They will work of course.
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Re: track wiring
« Reply #82 on: April 15, 2018, 04:51:10 pm »
Thanks that's all I need to know, I will order some.

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Re: track wiring
« Reply #83 on: April 21, 2018, 06:05:59 pm »
Track laid and electrics added everything works ok except the sidings nearest the inner oval, any ideas !!!!!!!!

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Re: track wiring
« Reply #84 on: April 21, 2018, 06:20:53 pm »
Track laid and electrics added everything works ok except the sidings nearest the inner oval, any ideas !!!!!!!!

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Need more info: which ones, the 3 where the station is (the engine shed on the plan) or the goods shedand its headshunt?   When the point is thrown to get to the sidings, is the main line still working - at what point does the loco stop?

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Re: track wiring
« Reply #85 on: April 21, 2018, 07:24:39 pm »
The goods shed  lower one marked CS.

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Re: track wiring
« Reply #86 on: April 21, 2018, 07:58:33 pm »
The goods shed  lower one marked CS.


OK so when you try and drive into those sidings from the mainline where does the loco stop? Does the headshunt work? Does the headshunt still work after you've changed the point to go to GS and CS? Does the upper goods shed siding (GS) work? Is it just the coal stathes (CS) siding which is dead?

Did you put in isolating breaks at the entrance to those sidings from the main line (as I suggested some time ago), and have you wired up the feed on the headshunt as shown on this cropped plan?



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Re: track wiring
« Reply #87 on: April 21, 2018, 08:19:03 pm »
Its just the coal steaths and it stops on the ST5 point.

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Re: track wiring
« Reply #88 on: April 21, 2018, 08:46:28 pm »
Its just the coal steaths and it stops on the ST5 point.

At or just after? Probably dirt in the blades causing loss of continuity.  You can prove that by placing the loco in the CS siding and use something like a pair of pliers to gently bridge the closed blade to the running rail and complete the circuit. Sometimes the blade needs a very slight tweak with the pliers to restore good contact. Also test the blade pivot by bridging across either side of the pivot.

Also check the fishplates for the track beyond the point are slotted in correctly?
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Re: track wiring
« Reply #89 on: April 22, 2018, 06:15:00 pm »
Hi, changed 2 sets of points and 1 straight it still sticks occ. but if you just touch or tat the track on the point of the 2 sidings it goes so what do you think ? but it is running better.

 

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