I have Fastrack and it is very tolerant. When I started my Layout last year it was Conventional only and no plans to go to command control - at least in the design stages. I think you need to determine, if you are conventional, DCS or Legacy. If you are going to use DCS then Barry's book explains how to set it your track wiring. Skip to main content. I apologize if this has already been discussed, I could not find a topic. I am in need of some resources to guide me in laying out and wiring FasTrack layouts that may include multiple switches, accessories and hopefully multiple trains running at the same time.
In particular, layout suggestions, wiring help and control systems. I have looked for books and web sites, but this seems to be a trade secret from what I can find. Any help is appreciated and maybe I am just dense and have totally missed the obvious.
Thank you in advance. Original Post. P pretorius Member. There is a Yahoo group dedicated to Fastrack. Thank you for the direction. There is also a book. I have it and don't need it. If you want it, email me your address. What book is that? For free, I would suggest you take the gentleman up on the offer.
With the exception of simple loops, I would be suspect of the accuracy of the layouts shown. When I tried to put them into RR Track, there were issues with them closing. Otherwise, not a bad intro to FasTrack. DM Dominic Mazoch Member.Workshop manuals, service manuals, repair manuals, parts, technical documentation and parts catalogs.
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This design uses a single continuous magnetic field to create an even string balance with very little magnetic pull. The mini humbucker design allows the pickup to fit into a single coil space in your guitar, while still achieving the same high gain, warmer tones, and noise-canceling properties that full-size humbuckers deliver. The Dimarzio Fast Track 1 is installed using four colored conductor wires and a bare wire. Each of the coils needs to have one Positive and one Negative wire, which corresponds to the beginning and end of each.
Unfortunately, there is no standard Wiring Code, so the colors vary between manufacturers, and sometimes even between different models within the same manufacturer. The Bare wire is the pickup Shield. Fig 1. Humbucker coils are Series wired, which means that the end of the first coil is connected to the beginning of the second, to create one long continuous path for our signal to travel.
Combining them in this way makes the humbucker almost twice as loud as a single coil pickup, and it also helps give the humbucker its warmer tones due to phase cancellation caused by two coils being in the proximity of each other.
We solder the Black wire, the end of the first coil, to the White wire. The White wire is the beginning of the second coil. Finally, we use Green as the Ground Wire. Fig 2. Now we are left with the Positive Red and Negative Green wires that we will need to install our pickup. Next, solder the Red Wire to the first tab on the Volume control. Solder the third tab to the back of the Volume pot, either with a short wire or by physically bending it until it contacts the casing of the potentiometer so you can solder it in place.
Fig 4. Now we solder a wire from the center tab of the Volume pot to the Output jack. Then solder another wire from the Output jack to the back of the Volume control.
Fig 5. This step-by-step guide presents the most common way to wire a humbucker pickup, and many modifications begin with this circuit. Take a look around humbuckersoup.What are VOLTs, OHMs \u0026 AMPs?
Your email address will not be published.Third-party images may be clicked on for source citations. Block Wiring Overview In a DC-powered model railroad, electrical blocks are sections of track that can be fed power independently.
This allows trains to run independently in them by connecting separate power-packs to individual blocks via a selector switch. Why, then, would you want to divide a DCC-equipped model railroad into blocks?
There are three reasons: the first is electrical power amperage requirements. More trains use more power, and more power means thicker wires, and eventually the wiring becomes too heavy to be practical.
The second is train detection. If you want to create grade crossings that know when a train is coming, or signaling systems that warn an operator of a train ahead, or if you want to automate some part of the train operation, then you need to know where trains are located on the track.
I want to do all of those, so I need to plan for occupancy detection. The third reason is problem isolation. People make mistakes, and some of these affect the power e. Separate electrical blocks with individual circuit breakers will isolate one train from another trains problems. The also make it easier to track down the cause of problems. And the wiring is simpler as well, if you plan for it properly. The first booster is typically integrated with the command station, which is the device that merges throttle and other commands and sends the signal to the power station s to be added to the track power.
Power stations are effectively limited to about 10 Amps which is enough to run 50 - modern N-scale trains without sound. However, ten amps is a lot of power, and a short circuit could cause significant damage.
Most boosters intended for smaller scales are limited to 5 Amps, and some of that is headroom to allow the sudden rise in output caused by a short-circuit to be detected. Each booster supplies a separate subset of the track, and the two must be electrically isolated from each other.
These are called Power Districts.
A Power District can be subdivided into electrically isolated subsections using circuit breakers or auto-reversing circuits a form of circuit breaker used where track loops back on itself. These subsections are often called Power Districts or Sub-districts. But these are all essentially electrical blocks. And in fact an existing block-based DC layout can be converted to DCC and retain the pre-existing blocks as districts or sub-districts if desired.
The preferred method is to gap both rails between districts and tie the boosters together with a separate ground wire which has to be heavy enough to carry the full booster output. Taking the opportunity to switch from common rail to dual wires when adding the bus is something that will pay you back later in flexibility. Note: A circuit breaker needs its own power supply to operate.
This must be separate from the supply powering the booster sas the load on the booster supply during a short will cause a dip in its output voltage, which could impair the operation of the circuit breaker.
See the links in the references section at the end of this page for more about such wiring issues. Block Occupancy Detection Another reason for electrical blocks with DCC is to use them with detectors that can tell if the block is occupied.
Occupancy detectors may be used with circuit breakers, or separately. And one power district may be subdivided into multiple occupancy detection blocks. The primary use for occupancy detectors is signaling systems, although they can also be used for grade crossing activation or in conjunction with computerized train control or simpler automation such as automatic train stop at stations.
Occupancy Detection: A Signal System Example As an example of the relationship of block occupancy detection to track signals, here is a simple three-aspect signal system with one track allowing travel in both directions, based on U.
Japanese railroads use similar systems, and for DC layouts, both Kato and Tomix makes signals that work this way. In this example, there are five blocks B1 - B5each with an occupancy detector. Each track segment has a signal at each end controlling access to the block.Reprint Policy Unlike closely held inventions and processes unique to individuals, knowledge and understanding are commodities that GROW in value the more they are shared.
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Comments and alternative views from anyone are always welcome.I just completed construction of a Fast Tracks [FT] no. The schematics on the FT website appear to outline the d.
As I am not a technician or engineer I fall into the group that believes a thousand words is best described in pictures. The following link illustrates the four isolated circuits that comprise the frog areas of the crossover.
I think when I complete this project I'll be well versed in circuitry. My method with complex trackwork is to make a table, and list all posisble ways a train can go through it. Next to each one list what polarity a given frog has to be to allow the train to go through - call it Rail A and Rail B, if the continuous rail on the left of a particular route is Rail A and the right hand wheels have to pass over a frog, then that frog ahs to be Rail B polarity for the train to run.
Once you have a list, you can usually figure out which frog needs to be toggled with which set of points. Modeling the Reading Railroad in the 's. Visit my web site at www. I don't know much about this item, but Fast Tracks' method requires isolating the frogs by gapping them from their frog rails and from any points. David, I only meant that if this appliance were meant to have any rail gaps, I would assume really meaning "hope I forgot a gap one time with the predictable results upon power-up.
I believe you have built some FT turnouts yourself I seem to recall you saying that. Did you use a cut-off disk or a jeweler's saw? I paid through the nose for a jeweler's saw on line, but I must say it was worth every penny because the teensy gaps are almost invisible from even 18" away.
Here's a diagram for a half double crossover with dliamond I've made for my Diamond Valley. You find more at Allan Gartner's site. I have a FT 8 double crossover on my layout. I am using tortoise machines to throw the turnouts. The same with the oposite two tortoise machines. I will post a picture of my wiring diagram that I used.
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You will have to power the frogs because the one section is too long for most loco's to maintain electric connection with such a gap. What I can tell you is the diagrams they post on the site did not work. I had a short everytime I tried it. I worked on this wiring diagram for several weeks before finally getting it to work.
Hopefully I'll be able to get the pic's on here later tonight. Yes I am aware of the need to power the frogs. Like you, I did not find a schematic for DCC wiring using the Tortoises to switch track polarity in conjunction with an auto reverse unit, all controlled by DPDT switches. I very much appreciate piuctures, schematics, information and the work you have already done, along with your willingness to share and stay on topic. Poke around the FT forum.Click on the above to visit our featured advertisers.
Tell them you saw their ad on Wiring for DCC! There are several sections in this website that you should read regarding track wiring. This section, Part II, covers track wiring. For general wiring information, testing, and troubleshooting, see Part I.
The menu to the right will automatically take you to the right section. Connecting your track to your booster is covered in Booster Network Wiring.
Wiring your turnouts also has its own section. Be sure to become familiar with all these sections.
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Finally, you may find the section on track and wire resistance interesting. In traditional layout wiring, modelers frequently had a wire that was common to all blocks. Do not do this. Do not connect any of your booster outputs together.
This, too, can be a cause of booster fighting in the form of "ground loops. You will blow decoders because two boosters may add together and up to about 30V.
This will fry most decoders as they are not rated this high. Most manufacturers tell you not to have a common rail or a common wire between booster districts. I'm just mentioning it here to help them drive home the point. If you have an existing layout, you will need to cut your track and cut that common wire. Make sure you don't forget to cut the track when you cut that common wire.
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Understand that this problem existed in the old DC world as well. You didn't notice it for two reasons. One, you usually didn't have both throttles up so high that even if two power packs added together, they wouldn't add up to a damaging voltage.
Understand that with DCC, you always have full voltage, about The second reason you didn't see the problem in the DC world was that motors are more forgiving of temporary over voltage.
Electronics in decoders, electronics anywhere really, cannot stand even a brief over voltage. Boosters can add together in common rail if:: 1. This can easily happen if you are making your own cables.
You will read in the section on booster network wiring that you should connect the grounds of your boosters together.