I want to run the 497 coaling station independently of track power. I know the wiring diagram for fixed voltage operation as outlined in the manual. My track power will be an MTH Z-1000. I don't want the Z-1000 track power to have anything to do with the operation of the coaling station. I will be using Williams dump cars which will dump using track power, but I want the coaling station to be powered by a separate AC power source, like an old KW.
My question is this, since the track touches the coaling station base, is there any problem with stray voltage affecting the Z-1000 ?
I think I may have answered my own question. Why can't I simply insulate the track from the coaling
So how would I power the station ? The single conductor coming out of the 497 controller goes to a lettered terminal on a transformer. Do I run a wire from the frame of the station to the "U" terminal ?