Tagged With "switches"

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Looking to purchase; 2-Rail MTH B&M GP38's

BXCXDan ·
Dear People of this great hobby, I am looking to purchase the (2) MTH (different numbers) B&M GP38's in scale, scale wheels, couplers etc. You can reach me at, dan@boxxcarco.com Thanks! Dan
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072 PASSENGER CARS WITH 054 OR 060 SWITCHES

Keith Buenzow ·
Does anyone have experience running cars requiring 072 curves running through 060 or 054 switches? Im curious and thinking that the short distance of the curve in the switch may not affect the overall tracking of the longer cars. If a 072 is immediately connected after the switch, than that would compensate for it. I have the atlas CZ cars and have a video on youtube demonstrating them on 072 vs 063 on atlas track. But this is over multiple sections (3 or 4). Am i allows to link to youtube...
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027 Switches on ACC Power- Will this work?

Ericlinda ·
I have wired my six 027 switches to 14V ACC Power. But the switches buzz when a train car crosses a switch. I have a wiring diagram attached that shows how to make the buzzing go away. This does work for one switch for sure. My question is will this...
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Attn: Lionel - Nevermind!

Texas Pete ·
Anybody else be interested if manual fastrack switches were made available in more sizes than O-31 and O-36? Wouldn't it be an easy matter of substituting the manual activator for the remote/command one? The tooling already exists, right? All that would be needed is an edit in the printed packaging or even just a paste-over label. Pete
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Bad E-Units: Radio Shack Manual Reverse Switch?

M. Mitchell Marmel ·
I have a couple of centercabs (including my new 628) with bad E-units. I'm not inclined to rebuild them at the moment, so: Rather than shell out $40 for new ones or $20-35 for a Lionel disc switch, is there a way to use a $3 toggle switch from Radio Shack as a reverse switch? If so, how? Thanks! Mitch
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Any problems with Ross Switches?

dangerwildmike ·
Hello! I just bought an 042 Gargraves Switch from my local hobby shop and BOY AM I PISSED!  I read a lot of bad reviews with them and should have trusted my gut but the guy at the shop talked me out of Ross.  This GG switch has derailed a steam coal tender and multiple cars multiple times.  And I noticed the motor sometimes sticks in the middle and doesn't fully switch over.  My question is has anyone had any issue with Ross Switches?  I am thinking of exchanging the...
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Atlas O-72 Wye shoe ramp or not

Oman ·
I recently purchased a, supposedly new, Atlas O-72 Wye turnout 6074 through eBay. It does not have the ramp for Lionel sliding shoes. Is this correct or is my purchase incomplete? The instruction sheet states that the turnout comes with the ramp, but Atlas probably wouldn't bother to print a different copy even if it didn't come with the ramp.
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Atlas 6924 Non-derail board erratic behavior

JVM-51 ·
Hello, I need help with a pair of Atlas O 7.5 switched configured in a crossover and controlled by a single atlas 6924 circuit board. I have 2 other sets of Atlas O switches (two 7.5s and two #5s) configured in crossovers and operating correctly with non-derailing and power routing. The problem switches are wired to their 6924 the same way the other crossovers sets are wired. The problem presents when I feed track power through the 3 amp fuses to the power routing connectors on the 6924. As...
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Atlas O Switch Failures

heiliner ·
I have just had an Atlas O 054 left-hand switch fail. It's not the electro magnet (switch machine) but the underside embedded wiring that transfers power on down the track. They seem to fatigue over time and break. The worst part it is in a blocked switching yard area meaning a lot of track has to be lifted. Has anyone had much luck powering the dead track with another set of power shoes and leaving the broken Atlas O switch in place? OR do I just bite the bullet and find another Atlas O 054...
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Atlas CZ 21” cars Issues on O72 switches, on my layout.

tplee ·
I am hoping for feedback on methods of adjusting or modifying these cars so that I can use them on my layout consistently. I would think there should be some approach that would eliminate the issues I am having. So far I have not been able to do so. I would appreciate any advice that OGR members or The Atlas Co. may have. These are the only cars that I own that have an issue with, on my layout. It seems to be an issue with all of them at different times. I have had no problems with the Atlas...
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Convert MTH switches to LED lights

Ragbran ·
 Was recently reviewing RUN 102 June 2004 and saw the article on Converting the MTH switch lights to LED's. In there a newer version that is simpler? Thanks Chuck
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Dead O-36 remote FT switches

Nuc Tuber ·
I have a left & right hand O36 swithc. LAst year they ran fine on track power on the carpet polar express. Put them into the layout I was building yesterday, wired together so that one would cause the other to throw, and power supplied from an aux source. Turned on the transformer (CW80), brought track power up to 80% and the green light started blinking. Secured all power. Verified connections, Disconnected aux power to switches, applied track power, green light steady on (good).
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DZ-1000 Switch Machine

Grandpad ·
I have a number of DZ-1000 switch machines ( 6 out of 12) that have had the gear come off the motor shaft. Any Ideas as to cause or how to fix them.
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ES44AC Hits Switch Machine/Making New Springs

tplee ·
Some of my newer engines, especially my favorite engines, Lionel ES44AC BNSFs hit the manual throw pin on the Z Stuff Switch Machine when diverted to the turn out.  To solve the problem I called Z stuff to see if they have longer spring so we...
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I found a problem, and fix, for Lionel's New FasTrack 031 Manual Switches

ronald1 ·
I bought three of Lionel's new right-hand 031 FasTrack switches and had trouble right out of the box. One of the switches worked just fine. The other two switches shorted out when a train went through the curved turnout position. They worked fine when running through the straight track portion of the switch. I FOUND THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM - AND A FIX The short is caused by one of the metal tabs on the bottom of the switch touching an adjacent screw. This can be...
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DZ2500 Switch Machines - Great !

Don(Cerritos) ·
Just wanted to share some info regarding Ross Switches and the Z2500. I just finished installing 34 of them! Initially I was very apprehensive regarding the 2500 as opposed to the Z1000. Totally wrong! I have been able to incorporate the Z2500 to function on a Legacy based system WITHOUT the use of the Lionel SC2 controllers. (A savings of 34/4 x $120 each). Simply by purchasing the Z-Stuff Data Driver Module, $20. Only 1 is required for an infinite number of switches! This module will...
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Fastback Switch blade snapped

ToledoEd ·
One of my switches was causing derailing intermittently. Finally, I discovered one of the switching blades was cracked and the control rod would no longer throw it. See the pics below. To add insult to injury, it was a switch I recently converted from manual to command/control as described in another string by GunrunnerJohn. The conversion was a breeze and is in no way connected to this issue.  It appears to me the only way to 'fix' this issue is to replace the blade, unless someone has...
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Fastrack Remote Switch Short Problem

IcyTrains ·
One of my FT Remote Switches causes a short, your help in resolving this problem will be appreciated. Six of my seven remote switches work fine with auxiliary power, only the seventh remote switch causes a short when other track is connected to it. By itself the seventh switch works fine with auxiliary power without being connect to other track that includes the other six switches. Concurrently the other six switches that are connected to each other through the track linking them and they...
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Gargraves O42 switch advise

Tony_V ·
I completed my new Christmas layout pretty much on Christmas Eve.  I used a combination of Gargraves track, switches and a couple of Ross curved switches.  The Ross switches are on the main line for the bigger stuff where the minimum track diameter is O54.  The Gargraves switches are all O42 on an inside loop.  The inside loop was designed for lower end stuff, older Lionel General Christmas engine, my Grandson's Thomas and friends collection, etc.  I wired the...
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How can an Atlas slide button switch controller be wired to control a Lionel O gauge switch?

decoynh ·
I have tried various combinations to get an Atlas switch button controller to work Lionel 031 & 072 switches. The switches work with standard lever controllers. I've checked the slide button controller with an atlas switch and it works. I'm definitely missing something. I'm powering the switches with a separate 12v power, i.e. not track power.
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Need Help Hooking up signal to Command Control Switch

Paulie D ·
I am looking to hook up dwarf and bridge signals directly to my Fastrack command control switches. Is this possible and does anyone know what I should wire where. Thanks All!
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How to VID: Prevent Stalling on Atlas Turnouts and Slips Using Tortoise Switch Machines to Power Route

Biggs767 ·
Hi Everyone, My Dad and I made this video to show how we use Tortoise switch machines to prevent locomotives with short pick up wheel spacing from stalling on Atlas turnouts. I hope you find it useful and comments are always welcome! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7ZzBUHj290
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Intermittent Sparks Going Through Fastrack Switch

Former Member ·
Just bought a MTH ES44AC Imperial Diesel which is quite a bit longer than any other engine I have. When it goes through manual O36 Fastrack switches it sometimes will spark as the 2nd truck hits the center of the switch. It looks like the truck is suspended in air (hangs out over the switch) when this happens but it doesn't derail. The end of the table where this occurs is a little warped so the track coming into the switch isn't perfectly flat. I can run it through the switch 10 times...
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Installing Caboose Ground Throws on Scaletrax Switches

TWebSP ·
Installing Caboose Ground Throws on MTH Scaletrax Switches This weekend, I completed the installation of Caboose Industries ground throws on my Scaletrax switches. For those of you who use Scaletrax (despite its periodic fickleness and scarcity), I thought a description of my installation process might be helpful and encourage some to try it. I continue to be a fan of Scaletrax, as I've found it relatively easy to work with and it remains the most realistic 3-rail track out there. First,...
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Instant Toggle Switch Boxes for Your Layout

baggetta ·
I built a couple of side tracks on the upper level of my Tombstone Southwest RR so that some conventional locomotives could rest and be ready if needed, but I needed to isolate the track with toggle switches, which I wanted to post near the siding. I was going to make a couple of boxes for the switches out of wood, but as I passed by a can of spray paint I got an idea. I have tons of spray paint tops lying around (always wondering what I could do with them), so I decided to make this the...
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

JohnGaltLine ·
Moonman, Everything you've said makes sense and is how one would expect things to work, It is exactly what I would say had I not stuck a meter on mine, or tore it apart to see what's inside it... but it is not how the Z1000 actually works. The Z1000, and associated Z-Controller, is a very strange transformer. Here is what the switch would see connected to the hot of the accessory post, with common from the track: Here is the Z controller common connected to the Accessory common with a volt...
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

PLCProf ·
I dunno, mine works correctly, black binding post is common to the common terminal on the brick, as would be expected.
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

JohnGaltLine ·
The plot thickens... Do I have one that is wired wrong? Was a change made at some point in production? I have to admit that the way my Z1000 and Z-controller work make no sense, but having only the one to test I assumed they would all be the same. Edit: Also, I've taken mine apart and there does not appear to be anything that was fiddled with or changed after the unit was built. JGL
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

Dan Padova ·
Carl, if I understand you correctly, the positive accessory terminal on the Z-1000 brick gets connected to the fixed voltage plug on the switch track. If so, this would be the same way, in a sense, that using a KW for example, would be wired for fixed voltage to the turnouts.
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

Moonman ·
Dan, The Z-1000 is a strange beast without the controller. It is my experience that the track outputs are reversed in the barrel connector, which gets "corrected" when plugged into the Z-controller or a TIU. I don't have any to put up now, they are 75 miles away at the Eagle Scout project at the InfoAge Science Museum. We have a brick with the connector cut-off, which was wired to a programming track originally. When I attempted to use to track power outputs, I discovered the reversal issue.
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

mike g. ·
Morning Carl, your up early.
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

Moonman ·
You are up 3 hours earlier than me. I am usually an early starter. Been spending the days on projects away from the computer.
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

mike g. ·
Ever since my Latest Chemo treatment started I only get about4 -5 hours of sleep. Dog wakes me up to go out then there is o no getting back to sleep. LOL
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

Dan Padova ·
Anyone have a clue ? I'm almost dead sure it can't be done, but I'm sure some of you must be operating O-22s with MTH transformers.
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

Pine Creek Railroad ·
Dan, I never used a Z-1000 for running my old 711/072 & 022 Lionel Switches, I used the inside channels of my old ZW. PCRR/Dave
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

Dan Padova ·
So then my question would be, how do I operate O-22 switches on fixed voltage while using a Z-1000 to run my trains ?
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

Texas Pete ·
Disclaimer: I have no direct experience with the Z-1000 transformer. From a quick check of the instructions it looks as though the power brick connects to the controller with a special cable. The other two connectors on the brick must be the 14 volt accessory power. In a perfect world the two "common" returns (one for the controller, one for accessory power) should be tied together inside the power unit. If so, all you need to do is to connect the output terminal of the accessory posts to...
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

phillyreading ·
I have 2 MTH Z-1000's and just checked the output voltages, I got the same voltage on both the accessory and variable commons to positive terminals, regardless which common I used I got the same voltage at each positive. I would say yes to using the Z-1000's accessory output hot to the 022 constant voltage plug as it seems to make no difference in voltage. FYI; I was using a digital volt meter. I have not tried this with my Z-1000, so I am not 100% sure if it will work, have only tested...
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

Dan Padova ·
I am fearful of doing the test. What you are saying makes sense, but I'm not sure I want to risk it. I might try reaching out to MTH. We'll see how that goes.
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

JohnGaltLine ·
The Z-1000, and associated Z-Controller are a strange beast. If your intention is to run only the switches, and nothing else, from the z-1000 brick, it is as simple as making sure the brick is phased with whatever transformer you are using to power the track, then attaching a wire from the common of the other transformer to the common screw terminal on the Z-1000. The hot from the Z-1000 then goes to the power plug on the O22 switches. When this is done you can not use the Z-controller...
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

Dan Padova ·
John, I think I understand but a wiring diagram would be so nice. If I get your explanation correctly, I can use two Z-1000s. One to power the track and another to power switch tracks via fixed voltage plug. If that's correct, how do I phase the two Z-1000s ?
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

JohnGaltLine ·
Dan, I can't recall if you are running conventional (transformer controls) or command (Full power to track and Legacy/DCS to control the trains). The other question is do you already own the z-1000, or are you kicking around ideas. there are other options that may be better suited to your needs, but if you already have a z1k, it would be better to use it than to buy something else. so, what transformers/ controllers do you have already? JGL
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

Dan Padova ·
As of this point I am in the planning stages of my layout to be. I have a brand new Z-1000 transformer and an old KW. I would like to run the trains using the Z-1000, as I am wary of using the older transformer to do so on the newer electronically loaded locomotives. I'm not running Legacy, command control or anything similar, just some Railing locos and one or two older Lionel locomotives. My last layout was back in the '80s. Then I simply ran older Lionel with the KW and knew exactly how...
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

JohnGaltLine ·
Ok, I think I've got the picture. I'm assuming when you say you have the z1000 transformer, you mean you also have the z-controller that goes with it for throttle, whistle/bell etc. Start by hooking up the Z-1k and controller to your track. this should be pretty straight forward. The 120V plug is polarized so it will only go one way. The cord from the Z1000 brick then plugs in to the Z-Controller, and only goes one way. Black post on the Z-Controller to the outside rail, Red post to the...
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

Dan Padova ·
Thanks John. I think we have penetration. Well, almost. Since I am an electronic dummy, I need to know which TVS diode to buy. I did a search for them and came up with way too many to be able to make an intelligent choice. For the circuit breaker, the closest I can find to your suggestion of 5-7 AMP breakers is this at All Electronics http://www.allelectronics.com/...rcuit-breaker/1.html What about an in-line glass circuit breaker ?
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

JohnGaltLine ·
The breaker you've linked appears to be just fine for the job. Glass fuses tend to be good in places where they are a last line of defense, or otherwise unlikely to blow, but they can get expensive pretty quick if used on the output of transformers as they are likely to blow any time anything derails. For a line only running the switch machines you might be ok with a fuse, but for a buck fifty, I'd go with the breaker. On the TVS, the folks here on the forum seem to prefer the 1.5KE36CA.
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

Dan Padova ·
John, thank you. You have been most helpful. I'm going to bookmark it all so I won't loose it.
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Re: O-22 Switch Operation Using A Z-1000 Transformer

Moonman ·
Dan, The MTH Z-1000 provides about 5.5amps. You can connect the switch power feed to the 14v ACC screws on the brick (transformer) . They are marked + -. I believe it is accepted practice to use only the hot to the switch and let the switch use the track common. That's ok. Then connect the red (hot) and black from the controller posts to the track center and outside rails. However, the switch coils will use up some amperage for the train supply from the controller outputs. As long as you use...
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Re: Questions on 1122 Switches

ADCX Rob ·
All normal. Now, just be sure you do not park a train on a switch with the transformer on, the coils in the switches stay energized even when the train is stopped. Good to see you are back in business. The TW can be a tricky transformer to work with despite its usefulness.
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Re: Gargraves O42 switch advise

GarGraves ·
Tony, We would like to know how you made out with your O-42 switch concern. One thing we wondered about is whether or not you connected both of the outside rails to common. This would have maintained the common connection needed to keep the train running. The isolated rail for non-derailing would still work as designed.


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