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 Posted: Fri Aug 25th, 2017 12:15 pm
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Hi,

I was watching some instructional videos on u-tube from this guy

https://www.youtube.com/user/EverardJunction

Very good, but it suddenly dawned on me that I had wired my electrofrog points on my boat incorrectly. I intend for it to be DCC and after speed reading various stuff I just thought that I had to keep the polarities correct on the rails and the DCC controller did the rest. This is not the case because of where the rails meet on the turnout part of the point and will cause a continual short. 

My previous experience was with Hornby set points which worked fine on my OO layout until the little under rail connectors became worn and had to be bent back. Electrofrog's are new to me.

There is about 5 weekends work on just the boat and at first I feared that I would have to rip the points out and refit them because I cant get at the wire to connect the switch to the frog of the point.

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 Fortunately a bad nights sleep gave me the inspiration I needed and I don't have to tare anything out.  

So here's my plan.

1) dremmel through the rails about 1" from the 'V' shown in the last picture
2) drill a small hole to take a wire and solder it into the end of the 'V' 
3) nail file smooth
4) connect this to the (on order) switch on the point motor. 
5) filler, tidy up, paint and re-weather. 

Lesson learned:
when buying points get a motor for it and a switch and wire it up properly in the first place. 

I'll post more picks of the fix as I'm going along.

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 Posted: Fri Sep 1st, 2017 10:41 pm
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update, solved.

Some careful drilling, dremmelling and soldering and everything is working fine.

Before starting:


Dremmel cut and holes drilled.



Wires soldered and gaps filled with plasticard.




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Superb job - looks as good as new (or old...)



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Thanks...

apart from the little over cut from the dremmel, but it doesn't effect the train running.

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Hi Chris,

Nice fix.

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