Gary has been in touch with an electrical power problem with his layout.
If there’s one thing I have learned over the years of doing this blog, is that all layouts present a whopper of a problem at some point.
But they are nothing a bit of thought and shared experience can’t overcome.
So let’s see what we can do to help Gary.
I need some help and guidance from you and/or your many railroad modeler followers.
I have a major electrical problem. I have been using a Railpower 1370 to provide AC power for building lights, Atlas switches and LEDs for the signals on my layout.
I have 33 switches, 55 LEDs for my dwarf signals and 13 LEDs in my buildings for lighting.
All my track power is DC from a separate Railpower 1300 transformer.
For my Atlas switches, I am also using Peco DL-35 C.D.U.s (Capacitor Discharge Unit) for additional initial power to throw the turnouts.
Electrically, everything has been working ok for over a year that I finished the engine yard. The switches in the passenger yard have been working for close to two years. All off the one transformer which I only use for AC.
I have 3 DC buses from a Railpower 1300 and 3 AC buses from the Railpower 1370 that run under the layout providing power. The wires from the transformers go to distribution blocks which then I turn goes to the different accessories.
This past Friday as I was trying to make a video of the layout that some of the modelers ask for from my last post. The layout was on for about 20 minutes and then all my lights dimmed and went out and switch power was lost.
I switched the power button on the AC Railpower 1370 transformer on and off a few times and nothing worked. I waited a few minutes and turned the power back on and everything worked and lit up and then dimmed and went off after about two or three minutes.
I have found out that the longer I leave the power off, when I turn it back on, the longer it stays on but never last more than 20-25 minutes.
It does not act like a short where it goes right off; it works ok, and then dims out.
I am not sure if it is an overload because it has been working fine for a long time.
Yesterday, I added an additional New Railpower 1370 and started moving the AC buses off the first 1370; same problem until I move ONLY AC bus 1 to the new transformer and the problem happened with the new transformer with only the first AC bus which has most of the accessories on it.
I still don’t know if it’s an overload or a short.
Has anyone ever run across this?
I am going to call the manufacturer, MRC (Model Rectifier Corp.), here in New Jersey, U.S.A., tomorrow morning and see if I can speak to one of their technical people.
I have so much wiring under the table, I don’t know where to start. Everything has come to a halt with this issue. I dread having to go under the layout and follow every wire.
I know this is not going to be easy.
Here are the power packs. The 1300 is the one I am having the problem with.
I hope someone can help with some knowledge or experience about this.
Gary M from Long Island”
A real head scratcher – please do leave a comment below if you can help Gary.
Now on to Tony:
Thanks for posting pictures of my combined layout of both 00 gauge railway and micro scalextrix.
I have moved on since those early days to a “finished lay out” as of today.
I am happy for you to share these photos and welcome any comments members may wish to make.
I modified the first layout by extending the area in front of the window to first situate my controllers and extended the area to the right so that I can have a return loop back to the main board and extend the micro scalextrix.
After a few months I decided to change again and further extended the window area to situate a village scene and completely changed the right hand side to place sidings for all my other locos etc.
This now was the first time I attempted to use point motors and after a couple of trial runs – see photos, I managed to set up a neat control panel of switches next to the power units.
Keep up the fantastic work which we all very much appreciate.
A big thanks to Tony. I remembered his original layout – hard to forget a layout with a race track! Wonderful stuff.
That’s all for today, folks – except please don’t forget Gary. Can anyone help?
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you make your start, just like Gary and Tony did, the the Beginner’s Guide is here.