shorting on turnout, need asst.

Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by nolatron, Feb 26, 2005.

  1. nolatron

    nolatron Member

    Hi all,

    I've run into a problem this morning I've yet to encounter before. Trouble with a short as an engine tries to take a thrown turnout.

    I have a hunch this could be an issue with the frog, but I still don't have a clear understanding on the whole insultate vs. non-insulated.

    I have a diagram below showing what's happening. All my turnouts are Atlas Custom #6, n-scale.

    any ideas on what's happening?

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  2. nolatron

    nolatron Member

    Now I just noticed that even with no loco passing through, I just need to throw the main line switch to the yard, and once the sliding rail makes contact with the outer turnout rail, it causes the short. I'm so baffled by this.
  3. rksstl

    rksstl Member

    I had that same problem not too long ago with the same switch. Ended up just replacing it, haven't had a problem since.
  4. nolatron

    nolatron Member

    found the fix shortly after posting but the gauge was down.

    I have one feeder wired within the yard right now. I ended reversing the wires, inner rail to red, outter to black, instead of outter to red and inner to black like the other feeders. Like this it works fine.

    I don't understand why or how it works, but it does! :)

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