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Title: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: conradin on May 11, 2007, 02:44:18 AM
I purchased the N scale blinking bridge.  It blinks...but the train ends up doing stop and go, stop and go, matching the blinking.  I gave the DC circuit a bit more juice, the train still goes slow and fast, slow and fast...matching the blinking.

Is that normal?  I am suprised that the bridge takes the electricity from the DC circuit instead of the AC.  Anyway of fixing this problem?


Title: Re: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: the Bach-man on May 11, 2007, 10:47:33 PM
Dear Conradin,
I was under the impression that the bridge operates on AC.
How is yours wired?
Have fun!
the Bach-man


Title: Re: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: conradin on May 11, 2007, 11:30:21 PM
No wiring required...just connect the bridge to the tracks. 


Title: Re: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: GlennW on May 12, 2007, 08:30:16 PM
That sounds weird. The blinking lite would be drawing current from the track? I'd want to turn off the blinking FAST!


Title: Re: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: the Bach-man on May 12, 2007, 10:46:45 PM
Dear All,
I'll see what I can find out Monday...
Have fun!
the Bach-man


Title: Re: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: conradin on May 16, 2007, 11:49:53 PM
Bach man, did you ever find out whether the bridge is AC or DC?


Title: Re: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: the Bach-man on May 17, 2007, 12:47:11 AM
Dear Conradin,
Mr. Reilly is out of the office, but I hope to speak with him tomorrow.
Thanks!
the Bach-man


Title: Re: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: the Bach-man on May 18, 2007, 11:20:33 PM
Dear Conradin,
The bridge should indeed work directly from the track DC.
Have fun!
the Bach-man


Title: Re: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: conradin on May 19, 2007, 08:36:22 PM
So how can I fix the stop and go problem?


Title: Re: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: the Bach-man on May 19, 2007, 11:47:11 PM
Dear Conradin,
I will request a sample and see what I can figure out. In the meantime, where and when did you get yours? Is it new or old production?
Have fun!
the Bach-man


Title: Re: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: conradin on May 20, 2007, 02:02:26 AM
I got it from a discounter, so there was no box, just the plastic bags and the instructions.  I suspect it is an older model, because the trestle seemed to be meant for the older (non-EZ track) tracks.

The instructions gives the item as:
Item no.56-1221 "N" Blinking Bridge and Trestle Set.  Printed in Hong Kong

Nevertheless, it still makes no sense that the blinking causes the train to stop and go. 


Title: Re: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: conradin on May 29, 2007, 11:52:09 AM
How's the testing? ???


Title: Re: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: the Bach-man on May 29, 2007, 11:23:16 PM
I haven't gotten the sample yet, but it will be new production, and likely not helpful with your problem with an older one. Never-the-less, I'll check it out.
Have fun!
the Bach-man


Title: Re: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: conradin on May 30, 2007, 01:54:22 AM
Well, if the new production works, then I'll buy one  ;D


Title: Re: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: Paul M. on May 29, 2008, 05:26:35 PM
I had one, but it didn't work great. :-\


Title: Re: N scale blinking bridge
Post by: GlennW on July 05, 2008, 12:27:19 PM
The only way to "fix" the blinking bridge is to connect some sort of current meters to the track. The ones from MicroMark can be OK for DC only. there are other sellers of electric equipment. What you are lookign for is how buch of a drain the blinking creates. I'd suspect some sort of short.