Toy Train Layout Wiring - Advanced
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Some advanced Toy Train wiring involves
dealing with electronics or designing your own circuits. These are my successful advanced toy train
wiring experiences. I do not have a background in electronics. My
professional wiring experience is in 120V-600V AC construction
More information can be found through the Reference Sources at the bottom
of this page.
Component ratings are important since modern O 3 Rail trains run at
18 volts ac at 2 to 10 amps which are higher voltage and amps than
most electronics. Relays and switches would be among the effected
Upgrade or Replace
(Some components may be obsolete and require substitution.)
Lionel Sound Button Substitute
Replace the Lionel #6-5906 Sound Activation Button with a Sound Button - Block Protection Box.
(click on photo)
Lionel's 12767 Steam Clean And Wheel Grind Shop
Make a controller to substitute for a missing controller.
Control Lionel RC Track with Miniature Toggle Switch
Lionel Track #6-5530 Controlled with
Miniature Toggle Switch at Track or Control Panel
The switch on the left is a spst on/off switch. The switch on the right replaces the Lionel RC Track controller with a 3pdt center off switch.
The toggle switches are mounted on painted acrylic plates 1/8" x 2 1/4" x 3 1/2". The plates are attached to the surface with #4 wood screws. The large holes for switch bodies are drilled with spade bits. Switches can also be mounted in plastic project boxes attached to the fascia.
This diagram shows the track powered with accessory power instead of track power.
| 3 Pole Double Throw Momentary
Center Off Switch
wired to control Lionel Remote Control Track.
Manufactured Kits Purchased and Installed for Run Room
The following kits are available as of July 2012
|Adapt MTH Helicopter Cars to Launch
the Helicopter "On The Fly" with the Electric RR Helicopter
(click on photo for complete instructions and tips)
After considering making a
constant voltage circuit for engine lighting, I decided buying a kit
is a bargain.
This VRS Adjustable Regulated Power Supply (Item #378) $29.95 from Dallee Electronics, Inc. is very good.
Protosound 2.0 Steam or Diesel
MTH Electric Trains sells a PS2 Upgrade Kit to convert engines with a motor flywheel to Command Mode for enhanced remote control MTH DCS system. The upgrade manual is excellent. Click on MTH # for details.
- MTH 20-2082-1 (1995) UP FM H-10-44 Diesel w PS1 - Photos
- MTH 20-2214 (2000) Union Pacific #80 Coal Turbine - Step by Step Process
- MTH 20-3021-1 (1997) UP Big Boy - Photos
- MTH 20-3025-1 (1998) SP AC-6 Cab Forward - Step by Step Process
Generate Wiring Diagrams for Applications
an AC to DC Voltage
This handy tool is kept in the PS2 Upgrade box for testing smoke unit fans, etc. (click photo)
|Operate the Mike's Train House (MTH) #20-94022 Reefer with the track power off.|
Layout Control Circuits
This layout is wired so that when a train enters the tunnel, the hidden track at the bottom of the photo turns on and the train waiting on that track starts ascending to exit the tunnel that would be toward the top of this photo in line with the track going into the tunnel. A 2 pole 12 VDC magnetic latch relay is used for control.
References Sources (valid July 2012):
An on line search will yield a comprehensive "Table of Electrical
Symbols" with the Symbol, Component name, Meaning, and Reference
Designator. I found it here
Many circuits with varying degrees of difficulty can be found on line.
Here is an ad free site, "All About Circuits" http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/
"Welcome to All About Circuits! This site provides a series of online textbooks covering electricity and electronics. The information provided is great for both students and hobbyists who are looking to expand their knowledge in this field. These textbooks were written by Tony R. Kuphaldt and released under the Design Science License."