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CRACKED



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:46 pm    Post subject: SEEP Pointers Reply with quote

Yesterday we exhibited the clubs new layout for the first time. It is basically a double track oval with a goods yard out front.

Main problems were to do with the switches on the SEEP motors. Whilst the points always threw, the switches did not always make contact. We are using Peco electrofrogs and relying on these to change the polarity on the frogs. The points themselves have been modified to be DCC ready so the point blades are no longer connected to the frogs. The ones that failed were the double slip on the entry to the goods yard and the interlaced point.

Result, the Goods yard at the front could only be entered from the Up Line and a separate shunter was needed to shunt the only three sidings we could work. Towards the end of the day a couple of the points on the exits from the fiddleyard had similar problems and it was necessary to manually hold them to ensure the switches were making contact.

Has anyone else experienced these sort of problems?
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ruedetropal



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not that it is much help, but this is pretty well main reason I opt for low tech for point changing, and don't use electrofrog.
Most high tech I get is simple on off switches, and even then I have had problems so make absolutely certain switches work before installing them.

This might also be a problem caused by change of temperature. Presuming room where exhibiting is either warmer or colder than room used to build layout. Metal will expand and contract, so contact points might be affected.
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Will try anything once, looking for the ultimate easy to set up portable exhibition layout, preferably French narrow gauge and with lots going on, not necessary on the rails.

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