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Clised - Frog Juicer for Bachmann EZ Track Crossover

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Clised - Frog Juicer for Bachmann EZ Track Crossover
Posted by Ruckuss on Thursday, November 24, 2022 5:17 PM

Resolved - The crossover has two holes under the track that expose the Frogs. I soldered one output of the dual frog juicer to each of the two frogs and its working perfectly 

Simple question looking for simple answer 

i have a Bachmann EZ Track Crossover with metal frogs  im running short steam engines 0-6-0 and 2-6-2 that stop everytime the tender hits the frog  NOT a short  a loss of power

there are wires in the back that I believe are to power the Frogs. I bought a Dual Frog Juicer.  i have wired the inputs to the juicer from the power buss and connected the juicer outputs to the frog wire. Lights indicate its working. The lights reverse when tendor hits the frog, but often the train still losses power. Am I missing something. I cant even tell the frog has power when I pit a meter on rail and frog

Mike

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Posted by wrench567 on Thursday, November 24, 2022 9:47 PM

  Hi Mike.

  I don't use EZ track so I can't comment on it.

 To make it easier on yourself to test track you can use a 14 volt bulb. Miniatronics has a package of five or ten for only a few bucks. Years ago I took a plastic freight car truck, put metal wheels on it. Made some phosphor bronze pickups and soldered the bulb leads to them. Works great for power loss situations.

  Another place that is common for power loss is closure rails. Make sure the movable rail is clean where it contacts the stock rail.

    Hope this helps.

   Pete.

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Posted by BATMAN on Friday, November 25, 2022 12:10 AM

I am not familiar with easy track, however, with some of my Walthers TOs, I have had to file down the plastic on the bottom of the groove where the flange of the wheel goes as it would lift the wheel just enough to lose contact with the rail. 

Brent

It's not the age honey, it's the mileage.

https://www.youtube.com/user/BATTRAIN1/videos 

You can never ever out-train poor nutrition.

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Posted by Ruckuss on Friday, November 25, 2022 8:37 AM

Thanks. Ill try cleaning all points / contacts 

Mike

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Posted by Ruckuss on Friday, November 25, 2022 8:38 AM

Interesting. Ill try this on all my Bachmann turnouts because they are all a bit flaky

Mike

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