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SPower connecting clips

Keithp

254 posts

Hello

Does anyone know how you can connect a power supply to the track without soldering, and not using the hornby clips?

I ask because I am thinking of getting the gaugemaster combi controller, and the connectors do not fit my current hornby clips. I thought Hornby did a clip that had push in fittings for the wires, but can't find it.

Keith

walkingthedog

19682 posts

The R602 takes push in wires. What does the Gaugemaster come with.

WTD ........... Nurse, the screens.

Keithp

254 posts

Yes I have the R602, but it is 'clips' rather than a wire holder. So the wires would not be held securely. The gaugemaster has no connectors, you have to make your own or buy them, and the end for the track does not have the hornby clips.

Chrissaf

12076 posts


Community Moderator

Buy a pack of Hornby X8011 terminals. These can be crimped onto bare wires if you don't want to solder. The Hornby product page blurb states these terminals are compatible with the Hornby Power Clips. The other end of the wires can then go into the 'screw down' terminals on the back of the GM COMBI.

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Rog (RJ)

2218 posts

R8206 is the power track which has spring terminals for connecting bare wires.  Not sure that it's still available though.

Rog :-) I don't model anything in particular, I just play trains. Living on the South side of Nottingham. Keep taking the tablets. https://www.modelrailwayforum.co.uk/

walkingthedog

19682 posts

When I used power clips I slid the wires into the holes and held them in place with small nails. Never caused any problems. 

WTD ........... Nurse, the screens.

Keithp

254 posts

@Rog (RJ)

R8206 is the power track which has spring terminals for connecting bare wires.  Not sure that it's still available though.

That is them. However I thought you could just but the clip part and attach it to existing track, it appears you can't do that. My only concern with the other ideas is will the wire remain in place in the existing hornby clips, that are fitted to the track. If I was starting new, would not be an issue, but I am trying to alter my current layout. My only other option would be to cut the wire from the hornby controller - and put the bare wire in the Combi, with the hornby clips on the other end.  That would make the controller useless though.

Has anyone else tried to use the Hornby X8011 terminals with the power connectors?

walkingthedog

19682 posts

Sorry I'm confused. The ordinary power clip that slides into the track has two holes for the wire. Remove the insulation from the end of the wire and slide the bare wire into the holes. Hold in place  with a piece of cocktail stick,  matchstick, thin nails or anything else that does the job. It works well, not as good as soldering the wires to the track. 

 

You could clamp the wire to the baseboard near the power  clip if you think you might pull the wires out, bit like the way a power lead is clamped in a 13 amp plug. 

WTD ........... Nurse, the screens.

Chrissaf

12076 posts


Community Moderator

Keith,

The R8206 Power Track is a complete track piece with an integrated wire connector that is based upon sprung loaded terminals. The connector parts of the R8206 do not remove to be able to be fitted somewhere else. The product is one single integral piece.

 

R8206

 

Note the buff press buttons. Pressing these buttons releases spring pressure inside the connector that allows 'bared' wires [if thick enough] to be clamped inside the connector.

 

Whereas:

 

The R602 track clip can be located in certain positions in any current Hornby straight of curved piece of track (not points). The positions are indicated by gaps in the plastic webbing between the webbing and the underside of the rails. If you hold a current Hornby track piece level with your eyes and look at the track side on, you will see these little gaps spaced along the length of the rail. There is usually also an arrow embossed into the underside of the rail plastic webbing that also shows the position reserved for the R602 clips.

 

R602

 

 

This connector does require the wires [if using bare wires] to be fixed in the holes with some form of peg arrangement as WTD describes. These pegs would normally be the manufactured terminals that are included on the end of current Hornby controller attachement wires.

 

Instead of a fixing peg [made of your own design and implementation] you can use the X8011 terminals I mentioned earlier.

 

The X8011 terminals can also be used in the R8206 wire receptacles as well.

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Keithp

254 posts

Ok thanks.

That sounds like a good plan.

Keith

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