Help! Connecting Controller to Track?
- Anyone out there (It's only 10:00 in CA so there must be someone still
up to field this question. I hope.) that can tell me how to connect a
Micro Trains controller showing four screws on the side of the
controller--two for DC for the track and two other ones (AC for other
stuff)to a Marklin track gizmo--a short piece of straight track with a
flat plastic/metal connector sticking off on each side of which are
two little springy tabs each encircling a loop through which I assume
wire is passed and held in place by the springy tabs. Do I need TWO
pieces of small gauge wire one from each of the two DC screws on the
controller to each of the two springy clips on the track connector? Or
something else? I am at a loss and feeling stupid and frustrated.
> Anyone out there (It's only 10:00 in CA so there must be someone stillIts only 12:18am in Houston, I'll give it a try. <smile>
> up to field this question. I hope.)
> Do I need TWOYes. You will need two separate pieces of wire long enough to reach from the
> pieces of small gauge wire one from each of the two DC screws on the
> controller to each of the two springy clips on the track connector? Or
> something else?
controller to the Marklin power track section. Each screw on the DC output
needs to have a wire going to one of the spring clips on the track section. If
you are using stranded wire, watch for stray strands (called "whiskers" by
most folks) of the wire touching the other screw head or spring clip. That
would short out the power pack. The rails need to have both a minus (-) and a
plus (+) wire connected up for a train to run.
Your wire cannot be too big. But if its too little, you may experience poor
speed regulation of the locomotive. And worse things if you should
accidentally short out the rails with a pair of pliers. If you have any stranded wire
slightly smaller than the lead in a wood pencil (not counting the insulation
around the wire), that would be really great. Any wire you have would work
tonight just to try things out.
If you layout is small, and the transformer is only a foot or so away, stop
by Radio Shack tomorrow and pick up some 22 AWG stranded wire.
DO NOT connect the AC terminals on the power pack to ANY piece of track,
ever. Those terminals are for powering turnouts, lighting and other accessories.
Does this help?
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