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  1. I am part of a club but can't always attend (and not at all at the moment of course). For me, RMWeb seems a good option at the moment as there are hundreds of knowledgeable people in almost every area of railway modelling. Of course, talking at a club, if it was allowed, would have been a much easier and quicker way to understand as you say.
  2. Got you, so the same as wiring up an autofrog I suppose. I assume the NC and NO terminals can be attached to any part of the bus wire as each of the two wires supply the same polarity and voltage everywhere throughout the layout? I really appreciate your help with this otherwise I'd have no idea what I'd be doing! I'll probably get a few switches and try them out.
  3. Right ok, sounds simple enough. Thank you
  4. Does sound like the best option, shame about the high cost of the autofrogs to find out they don't really do the job, I suppose it's all part of building up a bank of knowledge that'll help be make even better decisions next time round
  5. Thanks, yeah I did see that, it was just more which terminals of the switch to attach which rods and wires on to but I'm sure it will be pretty obvious when I get them.
  6. As I am a beginner with DCC I just read the articles and information available and autofrogs were suggested. Now looking back I agree a micro switch seems a lot easier, could always just try one and see if it works and then do the rest. Could anyone expand on exactly how to wire one up to a point rod as said previously please?
  7. I'm only looking to run one or two trains at a time so should I really need a booster and will it definitely be the cause of my bad running? Willing to get one if necessary but which one is best, I've had a look around and there are several?
  8. Thank you! I'll definitely have to look into a new power supply then. The controller seemed the best choice at the time compromising price and quality and I still like the controller so hopefully this will fix it.
  9. Yeah it isn't very big so all connected to the same place. I'm pretty sure the track is connected properly, the point does work when going through it backwards ('trailing' direction?) but the frog doesn't give power correctly when going through it towards. The fact it works when the frog has been correctly switched makes me think the track feeds are okay. The problem is that it will not switch automatically.
  10. Ah right, I read that autofrogs were still an option to use on points for DCC so I chose them as they seemed the simplest option, originally I just wanted simple points with no polarity switches at all! Hopefully doing it this way with all the modifications should give better running though. I'll look into those but I'm swawing towards a manual polarity switch that works in conjunction with switching the point blades, would you recommend this as a simple, reliable method? Thank you.
  11. Yes I do use a power cab. In the current situation I'm not really going to be able to borrow someone else's but a multimeter should show any issues hopefully. Is there a booster or something I can use in conjunction with the powercab?
  12. Cheers John, that is also very helpful. Yep, running the other way the crossover does work. I guess I'll have to take the point up and examine the underside - it could be that a wire has popped off. However, some of my other points do work (so must be set up correctly) but still make a significant buzzing and slight slow down/jolty running over them. I wonder if bad quality wiring could cause this as the actual system does seem to function as intended (just badly). Running slowly over them a lot causes the juicers to heat up. The wires are all connected underneath using screw in plastic blocks
  13. Oh right, I'm using diesels and several different ones do the same thing unfortunately.
  14. I'm trying to be as specific as I can but I'm afraid I do have limited knowledge of DCC and electronics. Not sure what to call the two different directions on a point - the two sets of stock rails branching out. Basically, I run a locomotive (several different ones all act the same way) on the top line marked A. All fine. The Train Tech track tester shows green on the toe of the point, green on A and no light on B. I switch the top points to run along B and the locomotive stops, there seems to be a short when it gets to the frog. The track tester shows identical result
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