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SPower connection failure

allan07

3 posts

Silly question time, Returned to the hooby after a long time, So I purchased a basic DCC set, my problem is that ddc connection to the track, try as I might I cannot get power into the track, My Question is do I really need this in my life or can I solder the power straight to the track. thanks in advance Allan

RAF96

9227 posts


Community Moderator

Look underneath a piece of straight track and you will see an arrow showing where the power connector slots in. View the track side on and you will see the slots. Getting the the pronged clip in correctly is a bit of an art.

 

You can as you say solder the wires to the outside of the rails.

Rob

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. - http://myweb.cytanet.com.cy/honnor/

Flashbang

1027 posts

Soldering always has to be the very best connection method.

Solder the feed wires to the rails outer web area or to the rails undersides.

Broken? It wasn't me. I never touched it!

howbiman

2289 posts

Are you using one of these......usually very reliable.........HB

Do you know who I am?..........No, but I'm sure Matron does!

allan07

3 posts

Set came with the R8241, but it never seemed to work. Thanks for the replies, I have soldered the wires to two fishplates and its working fine. Seemed like a silly basic question to ask, totally new to this DCC thing 

Fishmanoz

9506 posts

Hi Allan, glad you got it working.  For future reference when making connections, it’s better for various reasons to solder to the rails, as was recommended to you, rather than the fishplates. 

 

Also, strange the power track didn’t work, sounds like it might be faulty and could be returned for replacement under warranty if so.

and thanks for all the fish

walkingthedog

17386 posts

Resolder to the rails. Do not use the fishplates.

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

allan07

3 posts

Advice taken on board, resoldered to the rails, Thank you everybody

RAF96

9227 posts


Community Moderator

You can buy fishplates with wires soldered to them but soldering to the rails is generally better as most power transmission problems when using single track connectors (like slide in clips or power rails) is due to fishplates becoming loose and failing to reliably pass current, so you can see soldering to fishplates doesn’t overcome that problem whereas soldering to the rails does, leading you towards soldering to every rail section then logically linking these wires into a power bus.

Rob

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. - http://myweb.cytanet.com.cy/honnor/

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