Fastrack switches

OGR Forum Member
 
December 3, 2012 9:07 PM

I have 2 ovals with 4 switches to transfer trains from outer to inner and vice versa. I got the plan out of a Lionel book, there are 2 '1 3/8' insulated tracks before the switches on each track.  Problem is I can't transfer over, when I try both tracks go dead.  I am using the Legacy power with conventional trains.  Any ideas?

 

Thanks 

 
 
 
OGR Forum Member
 
December 3, 2012 9:13 PM

Are you blowing any circuit breakers or fuses. If so you may need to phase your transformers if not did you provide a power feed to both sidings.

 

Al

 
 
 
Like Like (0 likes)
Permalink
OGR Forum Member
Become a Premium Member of the OGR Forum FORUM SPONSORS
 
December 4, 2012 8:26 AM

I agree, it sounds like you have the phasing backwards on one of them.

 

 

"If no one as ever done it that way, it might be fun to try."

 

Book: 'Streets for O-Gauge Model Railroads now available from Amazon.com

or download free from my website: www.hleewillis.com

 
 
Like Like (0 likes)
Permalink
OGR Forum Member
Become a Premium Member of the OGR Forum
 
December 4, 2012 9:05 AM

I'm a little confused as to where you have placed the isolating sections.  If I am reading things correctly, you state that you have placed them either side of each switch.  This will not work, and you'll have a completely dead crossover.  The isolating sections should only be placed between the switches in the spaces between your two tracks. This is to keep each track electrically independent of the other.

If however, you have done this, and the problem only occurs when a train tries to use the crossover, then it most likely is a matter of phasing as suggested previously.

 

Would you please be kind enough to let us know some more detail as to how you have wired your layout in order for us to help further? 

 

Nicole. 

Not quite dead yet.

 
 
Like Like (0 likes)
Permalink
 
Post Reply