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WGL
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« on: August 12, 2008, 05:11:37 PM »

 I just got my first Electric Remote Control Power-Loc Switch Track.  I expected to find directions on the back or inside the package, but I found only an ad for Power-Loc track.  The automatic switch track for my old Marx trains was easy in comparison.  Power-Loc's control has A, B & C connections but only two cables.  I connected C to the switch track, leaving one cable for the A & B terminals.  I tried B to the AC teriminals on my power pack, but the switch did not work.  At least, I can turn them manually.
  Even my beginner's book doesn't explain.  Why don't model train companies provide more information about their products & instructions how to operate them?
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2008, 07:20:37 PM »

most turnouts are powered by the AC terminals of your transformer . they are not to be connected to the DC  tracks.  Most turnouts are controlled from a switch  which has three leads output  cable.  Do not mistake a power cable from a control cable.  Time to pick up a copy of a Electrical Train Wiring Book there are many on the market .  Model Railroading has several published by Kalmbach.
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WGL
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2008, 02:07:49 AM »

 Thanks, Jhanecker2.  I didn't think I'd need a book on wiring just to connect Power-Loc switch track.  I e-mailed Walthers Customer Service, & the person replied expressing surprise that there were no directions included!
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Yampa Bob

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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2008, 03:01:57 AM »

WGL
You are right, one shouldn't have to buy expensive books to install a simple "plug and play" device.  All that's needed is a diagram on the package.

If you are interested in a wiring book, I recommend "Easy Model Railroad Wiring" by Andy Sperandeo.  Lots of diagrams and very little text.  Andy's philosophy is "I'm not interested in electricity and electronics, I just like trains".
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2008, 03:20:12 AM »

 Yampa Bob,
  That sounds like the kind of book for me.  I have been e-mailing Walthers about whether to connect the A or B on the remote control to my power pack.   The reply said A is supposed to connect to my power pack, B enables two switch track controls to be connected to each other & use one connection to the power pack.  The problem is that they have different connectors, & the wires' plug fits B but not A.  I just photographed the control & e-mailed him a picture.  The wire connected to the switch plugs into C on the control.  The rest should be that easy.
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2008, 12:27:55 PM »

Sounds complicated to me.  Most turnout controllers, such as Bachmann and Atlas can be "ganged" together.  Two wires to the controller AC terminals, and 3 wires from each controller to their respective turnout. 

I think most modelers want all the controllers at one location. Perhaps Power-loc gives one the option of having them scattered around.  Who knows?  Cheesy

Anyway, hope you get it all worked out.
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2008, 07:43:02 PM »

 After he saw my photo, the person at Walthers said I was right that it is B that connects to my power pack & A is for connecting another remote!  If I had the right connections, I wonder why the switch didn't work. 
  I just replaced my power pack with EZ Command Control.  I hope I can still use the AC on my power pack to operate the switches.
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