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1  Discussion Boards / N / Re: #4 turnouts producing shorts when paired on: February 21, 2020, 05:33:03 PM
No need to get testy. I did say I only have the one power feed going into the layout via the 10 inch rerailer and that the turnouts do not have a power feed cable. I don't know of any that do.

I purchased a continuity tester today and narrowed the problem down to the right-hand switch. The left switch is fine. Now that I know this, I may tear apart the bad switch to see if there is something inside that's wrong. Hopefully I can fix it.

Thanks for putting up with this thread. I don't understand some things about this hobby yet and I appreciate your patience.
2  Discussion Boards / N / Re: #4 turnouts producing shorts when paired on: February 21, 2020, 01:10:20 AM
The turnouts I have don't have red wires to plug into.
3  Discussion Boards / N / Re: #4 turnouts producing shorts when paired on: February 20, 2020, 09:24:59 PM
I plan to pick up a tester when I go into town tomorrow.

I'm sorry if I've not been very clear. I may have been assuming too much about how much knowledge others might have.

The green wires are if you want to electrically trigger the switch via a small switch box. They have nothing to do with the conducting of power through the rails. I don't use them but Bachmann doesn't sell manual mechanism only-switches so the green wires are sitting there looking unloved. The only wire I use is the red one from my EZ Command controller that I plug into a 10 inch re-railer.
4  Discussion Boards / N / Re: #4 turnouts producing shorts when paired on: February 20, 2020, 05:04:44 PM
No, I said before that I have all Bachmann track on the layout except what is in the roundhouse, which is Atlas.

I do not have a meter, but I was advised to get one when I was asking about my problem on r/modeltrains. I plan to do so.

I will try some more testing, but last night I did try connecting a #4 with a remote and encountered a short then as well. I'm about at my wits end. Let me link my thread about this on reddit and if you want to you can read it for reference.

https://www.reddit.com/r/modeltrains/comments/f5gtqc/turnouts_creating_shorts_in_my_dcc_layout/
5  Discussion Boards / N / Re: #4 turnouts producing shorts when paired on: February 19, 2020, 08:17:42 PM
No that's not it. There is a right hand #4 turnout in the middleground that leads away from the camera. In the background the parallel tracks connect to a #4 left hand turnout. These two switches are what is causing the problem when I try to include them in the layout. All my tracks except the ones in the roundhouse are Bachmann EZ track. That is why I am here.

When I have a pair of remote turnouts in those positions instead, they do not cause the short like the #4s do.
6  Discussion Boards / N / #4 turnouts producing shorts when paired on: February 18, 2020, 06:57:17 PM
Greetings all. First post here for me. I tried to get an answer to this question over on r/modeltrains the last two days but haven't had any success. A few weeks ago I purchased both a left and a right #4 turnout to enlarge my yard and station area. However, when I plug them both into the layout as pictured, my EZ Command DCC controller does the 'I detect a short' routine. As a result, I've not been able to use them in any configuration with the rest of my track. Does anyone here have an idea as to why this is?

https://imgur.com/T8w7EfS
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