|.. where I am confused …for a while|
My buddy Gary Wise came by earlier as his wife Linda was doing that ‘shopping thing’ and he needed a place to go. So we hung out a bit and discovered that here was a dead .. and I mean DEAD piece of track on my main. HUH .. I say.
Now .. while I may claim to be a Model Railroader .. I am really more of a Modeler. That helps explain why as I told Gary – “I haven’t run a train in six months ..”. This got me a stern look while I looked under the layout to try and see .. why .. that piece of track was so totally dead. I could see the feeder wire … which .. hung loose. Huh says .. I .. that may partially explain the dead track .. I suppose the rail joiner COULD be really corroded .. then .. wait .. another feeder wire hanging loose. Huh again.
I swear .. sometimes the light over my head is a very dim one .. and it flickers a lot.
I remembered that I had diagrammed the electrical on my layout so I rummaged around my harddrive and found it .. and …
I had isolated two sections of track on either side of what will be the programming track. I did all the isolating, wiring and was waiting for the 4PDT switches to come .. and completely forgot about it.
Yes .. poor little flickering light. Look .. I think it is dimming even more.
On the www.dccwiki.com website the page Programming Track provided everything I needed to create one on my layout. I’m not going to go crazy on the details here as it is put very well in the link. I will though post the bit at the very start of the article:
To prevent a locomotive being programmed from accidentally shorting the program track you need a section of track – the isolation section that needs to be than your longest locomotive.
Finally .. to the wiring. A diagram is presented as shown to the left. I will start with this .. and “do my own thing”
To recap, there are four Red LEDs.
|Ok. Let me interject .. wow. I wanted a diagram I could use when I start wiring this thing up .. and I am somewhat .. taken back. I shouldn’t have been .. but then there is that flickering light-bulb over my head after all ..|
My thoughts on this run something like .. not what I want to do under the bench-work. I think that everything .. panel, switches, terminal strips etc. needs to be contained in a separate assembly that can be built and wired on a work bench and then after screwed to the layout fascia.
Also .. the exterior connections are:
That is five connections. Which sucks a bit as I had 4-connector terminal strip in my parts box. If I had a six-connector terminal strip I could have had a single terminal strip to connect those exterior leads. I may still do that.