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Nelson

Posted - 2008 January 22 :  4:26:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Nelson's Homepage
I was given some atlas turnout controls and I have installed them on some hard to reach turnouts, One works and the other doesn't unless I manually move it first and then hit the switch, The other works fine, DOes it matter which wire goes where? I am using green,yellow and red wire? Your help would be appreciated.

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engineerkyle

Posted - 2008 January 22 :  6:14:38 PM  Show Profile
So the three wires are on the switch motor. What do you have on the other end of the wire?

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Nelson

Posted - 2008 January 22 :  6:36:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit Nelson's Homepage
i have the switch on the other end


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jward

Posted - 2008 January 22 :  7:26:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit jward's Homepage
the recommended colour code for wiring these switches is as follows:

yellow and blue connect from the ac terminals on the power pack to the two terminals on the left side of the control box. it doesn't matter which wire goes to which terminal.

the black wire connects from the center (common) terminal on the top side of the switch box to the center terminal of the switch machine.

the red and green wires connect the outer two terminals on the top of the switch box to the outer two terminals on the switch machine. which wire goes to which terminal is determined by what position you want the button in to indicate a thrown switch. my personal preference is to wire the box so that when the button is to the right, the train will take the right hand route. if your switch throws the opposite way of how you want it, swap the red and green wires at the switch machine.....

hope this helps....


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engineerkyle

Posted - 2008 January 23 :  10:53:53 AM  Show Profile
That's what I do, Jeff.

Nelson, sometimes those switches go bad. You can "snap" them without having then on a turnout. That can be a good test. I suppose you could also switch the "good" one for the "bad" one and see what happens.

I'm assuming you have a momentary switch for each switch motor.


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jward

Posted - 2008 January 24 :  01:14:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit jward's Homepage
quote:
Originally posted by engineerkyle

That's what I do, Jeff.

Nelson, sometimes those switches go bad. You can "snap" them without having then on a turnout. That can be a good test. I suppose you could also switch the "good" one for the "bad" one and see what happens.

I'm assuming you have a momentary switch for each switch motor.




i think he was referring to the control boxes. i am assuming from the description that one will throw the switch when the button is sild, the other you have to press the button after sliding it. the latter is the way they are supposed to work.


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engineerkyle

Posted - 2008 January 24 :  11:07:25 AM  Show Profile
ah...


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Nelson

Posted - 2008 January 31 :  3:07:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit Nelson's Homepage
I am absolutely confused here. I replaced the control switch and the solenoid thing and I still continue to get the same result on this turnout. It will only go one way. I checked the wires with my ohm meter and all connections are good, any ideas guys?


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jward

Posted - 2008 February 01 :  1:16:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit jward's Homepage
quote:
Originally posted by Nelson

I am absolutely confused here. I replaced the control switch and the solenoid thing and I still continue to get the same result on this turnout. It will only go one way. I checked the wires with my ohm meter and all connections are good, any ideas guys?



it sounds to me like you have a couple of wires reversed. the common wire should connect the center contact on the switch box to the center contact on the switch motor. if it is swapped with one of the other wires, you will only be able to throw the switch one way.


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