Re: [Z_Scale] Re: Also new for Christmas
- Hej Solvej,
jeg håber du er kommet godt i det nye år :-)
> I have printet it out, and will see if I can figure it out, I don't know theit shouldn't be to difficult, but if you are more comfortable with
> words in Danish, so it will probably be a little hard to figure out what it
> is in English,
German, then Jeremy understands that as well I believe :-)
And you can mail me in Danish too. We will work out any problem in one
of these ways.
But anyway, since you wrote you had connected the track with the
transformer (is this the right English word? In German it's a
Transformator, maybe just name it power source, that's also closer to
"strømforsyning"), and your trains are running, then this hurdle is
mastered. About which color goes to which side of the track, Jeremys
file is a perfect source.
I just would add that for the installation of more than one power
source you can isolate the track sections with the isolating rail
joiners (Maerklin item 8954. To look those numbers up go to
www.maerklin.de there to "Produkte" and "Produkt Datenbank" there you
can search for the item#). Those are plastic rail joiners, that are
used instead of the original ones. They might be not the perfect
choice for the final layout, but I'm not sure about which way to use
then too. For a temporary layout to learn about all those things they
are just fine.
> It will hopefully be easier when I start the acutall building.as you will see, it's not as complicated as it might look right now.
> I will try and build a simple track on a wooden board to begin with,this is exactly what I did. First I laid out the track, like shown on
> to get some experience,
my start set. I got one with one oval, a siding and the yard in the
...and that's where the turn outs came into the picture.
Then I got more tracks and turn outs, and laid out a first own layout
with a outer and an inner oval, which each has some sidings, and the
inner oval has a yard and a reverse loop in the middle. This layout is
only build to test out those wiring questions that might come up. I
have posted some pictures of this layout in the Photo section of this
Layout and Switchboards
Each oval has it's own power source and is isolated against the other
with those plastic rail joiners. And each siding is isolated against
the responding oval like Jeremy writes in his file. The same goes for
the reverse loop in the middle, which is an isolated part too. Here
you also have to watch out for the polarity of the rails. I used the
set from Maerklin item# 8993.
I also have installed three Maerklin uncouplers, but one is not
working. There are a better solution to be found from a other source.
But here Jeremy will be the better source of information too :-)
Now I have a total of 7 track parts where I can park a train or at
least an engine, while I can run 2 others at the same time
All this is fairly easy accomplished with the standard Maerklin parts.
For a final layout I will probably not use those switch boxes from
maerklin, but for now they are just right.
BTW: with some switches I work two turn outs at the same time. Where
the inner and the outer oval are connected it makes no sense to work
those two turn outs separately, just to name one spot.
For some small insights about the colors of the wiring of turn outs
and the use of switch boxes and those little metal things you might
read the thread started by Tina Fraser in July 2004: Wiring Question.
It starts with message 24913:
only I renamed the folder "Wirepics" to "Switchboards" since then...
> but my first big goal is to build something in a briefcase, that IThat's my goal at the moment too. And a hint from this side about the
> can bring along.
power source and the speed control of a briefcase layout: Jeremy has a
fine speed regulator for this situation which is just great to work
with. Only downside is, that it is some soldering work to be done to
install the DeLuxe speed regulator.
The layout to be seen in the photo section is momentary in use for
running my trains, and I learned a lot about wiring (at least I know
now what I will do different next time). Currently I try to make a
layout in an old aluminium case I used long ago for my camera and
flashlight. I will post pictures as soon as there is some more
I began with my first layout with this group and they worked me
through wiring and on to soldering. I knew little about either until
I started Zing--so if I can learn--you can too. The guys here are
very patient with all our questions--and answer all of them--even if
they have been asked before.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Solvej Rolin" <rolin@a...> wrote:
> Hi Jeremy
> Thanks for the link!
> I have printet it out, and will see if I can figure it out, I don't
> words in Danish, so it will probably be a little hard to figure out
> is in English, but I WILL learn :o) It will hopefully be easier
when I start
> the acutall building. I will try and build a simple track on a
> to begin with, to get some experience, but my first big goal is to
> something in a briefcase, that I can bring along.
> I posted something a while back that you could try, although it may
> not start at the right place for you:
> You are welcome to email me if you have any questions. Jeremy.
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
- Hej Solvej,
> I am a nurse and often work weekends, afternoons etc, and it can beIf your time allows for it, you could join one of the two weekly chat
> very difficult to find time to go to the shops when they are open.
sessions. One is on Wednesday for a voice chat (but I can't get it
working on this end, so I'm not sure about times), and the other one
is on Sunday from 19:00 Danish/German time with an open end :-)
> My biggest problem right now is that I am a electronic-imbecil and not
> NOTHING about these things, I could really use an "electronics for
Same here. But I follow the instructions from Maerklin 0299
(Gleisanlagenbuch, clear introduction in connections etc.) and 07770
(System und Anlagenbau .. from Kurt Albrecht) to the letter and al
functions well. But it is a pity Marklin changed braun and red wires
somewhere in the last years and I am trying to connect my signals to a
Viessman controller and get things working for over 2 months. Life
should not be easy.
- --- In email@example.com, "Arno Bekers" <abekers@y...> wrote:
> But it is a pity Marklin changed brown and red wiresThis seems to be one of the great mysteries of miniClub! When I wrote
> somewhere in the last years
my Wiring document I was as surprised as anyone that the red wire
turned out to be negative. I was using my white Märklin controller to
check what I wrote. Since then I have heard that there was a
manufacturing glitch which caused the red and brown terminals to be
reversed - and that it has now been corrected. Can anyone confirm this
>--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Arno Bekers" <abekers@y...> wrote:I don't know if it's been corrected BUT the "brown" controller I have is
>> But it is a pity Marklin changed brown and red wires
>> somewhere in the last years
>This seems to be one of the great mysteries of miniClub! When I wrote
>my Wiring document I was as surprised as anyone that the red wire
>turned out to be negative. I was using my white Märklin controller to
>check what I wrote. Since then I have heard that there was a
>manufacturing glitch which caused the red and brown terminals to be
>reversed - and that it has now been corrected. Can anyone confirm this
back to front to the two white ones I have. They also have different output
wave forms when looked at on a scope. The brown version also "matches" the
To be honest since I'm part way down the going DCC route I'm not that
bothered. I just need to sort out what the problem is with reading values
back from a CTElektronic decoder (I have a cunning plan but the room where
the workbench is currently occupied so I've been doing plan designs on
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