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deemery
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Posted - 05/27/2020 :  1:18:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well........ I started to hook up the frog feeders, and there's a short somewhere along the power bus. So I went and unhooked the bus from each connector (the connectors paid for themselves today). Now to start hooking up the bus, feed-by-feed, to figure out where the short is. :-(

dave


Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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Carrie Creek
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Posted - 05/27/2020 :  1:44:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dave, you might want to double check the track gaps. If you used some pc ties check that the copper cladding has the proper gaps.

Phil Z
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Orionvp17
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Posted - 05/27/2020 :  2:14:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dave,

Also have a very close look at every turnout to ensure that an eighth-inch long or shorter piece of solder is not crossing a gap. Do this before you cut any wires! Don't ask!

Pete
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deemery
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Posted - 05/27/2020 :  3:00:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Progress... First turnout had the frog feed mis-wired. Of course, that shorted everything out. I'm slowly moving down to where the rest of the turnouts are.

Step by step, inch by inch....

update: Done!! One mis-wired frog can mess up your entire track bus. And several of them were wired backwards.

At least now I have the debugging pattern down. But I need to build a 1' tall stool to sit on, so I don't have to stretch to work on the underneath wiring.

dave


Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

Edited by - deemery on 05/27/2020 4:30:42 PM

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tloc
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Posted - 05/27/2020 :  4:35:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dave glad you found it.

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 05/27/2020 :  6:52:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Glad you found it relatively quickly.

I think doing the wiring on my layout is one area where my impatience serves me well. As soon as i get a frog wired I have to fire up the power to check it out.

Everything looks neat and organized under your layout.

Mike



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Orionvp17
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Posted - 05/27/2020 :  7:00:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Glad to hear this, Dave! Congratulations!

Pete
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jbvb
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Posted - 05/27/2020 :  9:12:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Search for 'mechanics rolling seat'; most are a little higher than 12", but they can carry tools with you under the layout.


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deemery
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Posted - 05/28/2020 :  09:13:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If it's too tall, I'll bump my head on the benchwork. That's the probelm with my current 18" homemade stool.

dave


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deemery
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Posted - 05/30/2020 :  6:55:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's alive! http://www.earlyrail.org/hon30-firstrun.m4v The test loco is a nice heavy Kato N scale F unit. Not sure how well my small & lighter HOn30 locos will do, there are definitely rough spots and hesitations. But at least it moves!

dave


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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 05/30/2020 :  7:17:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not bad for the first run!!

Jerry

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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jbvb
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Posted - 05/30/2020 :  8:13:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yay progress! Careful application of needlenose pliers and a 4" knife file will often do wonders for bumps in the RoW.


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railman28
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Posted - 05/30/2020 :  9:39:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
all right Dave! Congratulations. It's looking good.

It's only make-believe

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Orionvp17
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Posted - 05/30/2020 :  10:49:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Congratulations, Dave! It runs!

Pete
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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 05/30/2020 :  11:35:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Alright!! Itís N-ergized!!


Edited by - Michael Hohn on 05/31/2020 09:01:06 AM

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