Powering the Running Rails Past the Frog...

Sumner Jan 29, 2020

  1. Sumner

    Sumner TrainBoard Member

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    Not sure if this is necessary but since it was easy to do with the PCB ties that are used with a handlaid turnout I thought I'd do it and share it. Someone else has probably done the same before. I also have the information on my web site here ....

    http://1fatgmc.com/RailRoad/Trackwork/page-14.html

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    This adds about 5 minutes to building a turnout.

    Sumner
     
  2. COverton

    COverton TrainBoard Member

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    Would this not be accomplished more easily simply by soldering the joiners involved with the frog rails and the next length of track beyond them? You have to power that next length anyway, at some point, so if the power goes two ways from the feeders, the soldered frog rail joiners accomplish the power the way you need it.
     
  3. Sumner

    Sumner TrainBoard Member

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    That is true and I will be soldering that joint unless I want it isolated as it would be in a reversing loop. It only takes a couple minutes to do so I'll probably keep doing it.

    I'll also power the stock rails when maybe I don't need to if they have a good connection on either side of the turnout to the rails there. By doing this along with feeders to the turnout's stock rails I should have good power and I don't see harm in extra feeders.

    Thanks for the input,

    Sumner
     
  4. minesweeper

    minesweeper TrainBoard Member

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    I just have feeders on every one but the smallest pieces of track on the layout. For this I just use the rail joints to the following track that has its own feeder; in most of the cases since the rails do not go past the switch fouling line, I just put the insulation joiners without bothering (yes, it is a long frog, but all locos are supposed to stop before the fouling line if the switch is thrown the other way).
     

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