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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: February 12, 2018, 01:01:58 PM
Thanks for that info, Jeffery.
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: February 09, 2018, 01:33:08 PM
...I prefer not to have any power going to a segment that's supposed to be turned off.
That makes sense.
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: February 09, 2018, 11:13:28 AM
If I leave one line connected to the other side of the "split", can I use an SPST on the other lead, or is there some reason I should use the DPDT to both?
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: February 07, 2018, 06:09:23 PM
Thanks for all your help.

My education continues...
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: February 07, 2018, 05:40:36 PM
Thanks again.

I was also thinking that perhaps I could pick up power from the other terminal track connector. I have an extra controller-to-track wire assembly - what do you think about utilizing that?
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: February 07, 2018, 05:00:35 PM
Thanks guys.

I hate to act stupid, but in the case of electrical engineering, well, I am.  Grin

If I connect a switch and wires to the "dead" section of track, where is the power coming from? Am I splicing into the existing wire from the controller to the track?
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: February 07, 2018, 03:43:43 PM
I would just wire up a DPDT switch to the 'other side'.
Sorry - very new to the hobby. Could you tell me what a DPDT switch is? Thanks.
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: February 07, 2018, 02:42:32 PM
Well, the Power Terminal with Insulated Gap suggested by Yardmaster did the trick and is perfect for my current (pun intended) needs. My old trolley can now rest quietly on a siding.

I have a related question: what would I need to power the "dead" side when and if I want to extend the track a bit?

I have a Digital Commander set with an EZ-Command controller. I presume I will need another source of power for the "other side" that can easily be turned on and off. What would be an easy way to do that?

Thanks.
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: January 14, 2018, 11:02:22 AM
Looks like my education continues...

I hadn't heard of a "power routing turnout" but by its name, it sure sounds like it might be a solution. Can it be created/used with EZ Track?
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: January 13, 2018, 11:20:18 AM
Thanks again, you guys.

In educating myself about model railroading, this thread has been a great lesson.  Smiley
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: January 11, 2018, 02:43:06 PM
Thanks a lot, you guys. Very helpful info.
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: January 11, 2018, 10:17:07 AM
I appreciate your diagram and info.

Once again, I'm very new at this. So just to make sure I'm on the right track (yes, pun very much intended), since I'm using EZ Track, where would I put the break? Could I just pull out one of the rail connector pins and replace it with the wire to the on/off switch or would you suggest cutting a rail on the track itself?

Thanks.
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: January 10, 2018, 05:11:47 PM
Thanks, dutch.

A "switchable dead siding" sounds exactly like what I need. What's involved in creating that? Remember that I'm very new at this.  Smiley
14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / DC on a DCC Layout on: January 10, 2018, 04:01:58 PM
Iím sure every newbie eventually asks a question about this Ė so I guess itís my turn.  Wink

Iíve been enjoying my Digital Commander set (DCC) for a few months.

I recently purchased an older style (DC) Bachmann PCC trolley which runs just fine. However when not running, the lights remain on and the motor buzzes. Since I donít run it very often, I donít want to leave it in that state whenever the layout is powered, although Iíd like to have it parked somewhere on the layout. Until now, I've been removing it, putting on a separate piece of track close to the layout.

So Iíve got two questions.

1)   Is this behavior ďnormalĒ when running DC equipment on a DCC track?

2)   And if so, is there a way to create a ďcutoffĒ of some sort so that power can be cut to the a stub on which the trolley could sleep?

Thanks.
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann EZ Track Turnout derail on: December 18, 2017, 03:14:43 PM
Thanks, Len. I'll give that a shot.
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