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SteamGene

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« on: August 02, 2008, 02:53:28 PM »

The Atlas #205 connector is the three on/off switch set, able to be daisy chained, used for turning power on and off to spurs, blocks, etc.  I'm using them for my loco storage tracks and probably the visible yard tracks which will also often have locos on them, and the engine facility, to avoid a power surge when I turn power on.  
The question is - can they go bad?  I bought some on eBay and one seems to not work at all.  
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2008, 05:52:20 PM »

I bought some new selectors, controllers, etc. And at best they work poorly but they do work. Maybe I'm to heavy handed. Roll Eyes
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SteamGene

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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2008, 06:28:28 PM »

I've never had any problem with them before.  Stdrange thing is that the one that may be giving trouble is hooked to the next one, which works fine.  The others, to control the west engine storage tracks, all work fine. 
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2008, 08:37:12 PM »

Try spraying it full of Radio Shack contact cleaner, soak it good over a paper towel, then slide it back and forth vigorously. You may have to do it several times. Shake or blow out the excess and let the stuff evaporate.   

Not so strange, daisy chain just busses the current through, but a switch can still be bad in the line. I've never been fond of slide switches, though they are compact.
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2008, 09:51:21 PM »

those slide switches were never really any good, better off with mini toggles
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SteamGene

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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2008, 10:37:41 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions.  I do have to budget for some things - after all.  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2008, 11:07:53 PM »

Those are great ideas. I'll note that to my friend that Atlas carries these products.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2008, 11:34:38 PM »

Steam Gene on a budget?  What's a budget?  My wife's favorite expression  is "It's only money".

I don't know if my layout will ever reach the point of needing lots of switches, other than 4 remote turnouts.  I like the micro toggle switches, with color coded handles. You can stack a bunch of them in a small experimenter box.
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2008, 12:30:42 AM »

My wife's favourite expression is ( do you really need that).
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2008, 12:43:54 AM »

My mom's is <Ah, a new diesel, NO! -unless you want to clean for me.> But instead of a train engine, she handed me a thing called "money"  Huh? . Who uses that Cheesy !?
But I was saving up to were I had 110 dollars, for an HO scale train set, but woke up, and found out she put it in my savings!  Sad , well it's good after all, I have more money for a lap top for collage.  Smiley <But I helped her save it  Wink .>
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