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A new book is being published in September to help the Novice and Professional with their Model Railway Layout. The book assumes you have no Electrical or Electronic knowledge and tries to help you understand how and why certain pieces of equipment do what they do. It gives an explanation for most of the electronic symbols you will encounter in circuits on the internet. It explains the different types of wire to use and why. It explains all the different types of switches that can be used on your layout. Once you have this basic knowledge it then shows you simple wiring diagrams on how to do most things. The book is design for the Analogue enthusiast and does not cover any items in DCC systems.

The book is also available on Amazon CLICK HERE

See below for a list of Chapters.

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Here is a list of all the chapters.

CHAPTER 1: THE LAYOUT

CHAPTER 2: ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS EXPLAINED
A brief description of the electronic and electrical components that can be used, with a layman's description as to what each does and why it does it.  There will also be examples of  the interaction of one component with another.
The type of components most commonly used would be Diodes, Resistors, Circuit Breakers, Fuses, Capacitors, LED's, Filament Bulbs & switches. Each component will have its circuit symbol and physical picture with a layman's description as to how it works and why.

CHAPTER 3: ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AND POWER SUPPLIES
There are 2 types of systems used in Model railways these days DC and DCC. This will discuss the pros and cons of both systems, and what they can do for you layout. Deciding which way you want to go, based on what you want to achieve.
Here we look at the different power supplies used on a layout, depending which system you are going to use. In this book we will concentrate on DC system power supplies, why they vary and how to supply power to different parts of the system. Basically there are 3 types of power used on a system these days. The first being PWM for Speed control, Basic 12v DC and 16v AC. Where each one is used and how not to get them mixed up. How also to reduce 12v DC to drive electronic circuits which sometimes only need 5vDC

CHAPTER 4: WIRE AND CABLES
An  in depth look at the types and sizes of wires & cables available, where they should be used and why. Most people do not understand the difference between 7/0.2mm and 24/0.2mm wire and why one can be used in a particular area and not the other. We will also look at why Bus Bars can reduce the amount of wiring, and the benefits this has on the overall quantity of cables used. All the different types of 'Cable Tidy' systems available, and termination methods.

CHAPTER 5: CONTROL PANELS
This could be a very simple bank of switches and speed controllers, to a full Mimic display panel. The simple panel would have speed controllers and point and signal switches, whereas the mimic panel will have a diagram of your layout with switches at the point position and indicators to show position of trains and status of points and signals. Cable termination and identification. Wiring of Speed Controllers and the different types, with Forward/Reverse and some with auto speed reduction, and acceleration.

CHAPTER 6: SWITCHES
This is probably the most complicated part as there are literally hundreds of different types of switches, each with its own unique function on a layout.
In this chapter we will go through each type of switch showing it circuit diagram ,its physical appearance and where it is best used. The type of switches covered will be: Passing Contact, Toggle, Slide, Reed, Leaf, Proximity,  Infra Red, Stud, & Push button.

CHAPTER 7: TRACK WIRING
This chapter covers all the different track types, point types, and shows how each one works and how each one can be controlled. There will be wiring diagrams to show how to achieve certain functions with points that have standard frogs or electro frogs ( this word you will find explained in Chapter 2)
In this section the use of CDU's will be explained and where they should or should not be used. Point motors will be discussed, with examples of the solenoid types and the stall motor types.

CHAPTER 8: SIGNALS
An in depth look at the types of real life signals, and their model equivalents. We will then go into detail to show how each type of signal can be switched either using a simple switch or an electronic circuit.
Here we will also look at the automation of signals in specific situations. There will be wiring diagrams to show how to achieve a specific function with a signal.
Trains controlling the lights, block signalling, and signals controlled by points.

CHAPTER 9: LIGHTING PROJECTS
Here we will deal with the wiring of Level Crossings, Pedestrian Crossings, Traffic Lights, Buffer stops, Carriage lighting, Buildings and Street Lights. We will also deal with imitation lighting effects such as welding, light house beacons, and Hazard lighting. We will also show how a layout can be displayed in semi darkness showing off the lighting effects.

CHAPTER 10: DETECTION
It is very handy to know where your trains are and the status of points and signals especially if you have a large layout, here we go into the different types of occupancy detection, block detection, & movement detection. We will also show how the status of signals and points can be displayed on the control panel.

CHAPTER 11: TESTING AND TROUBLESHOOTING
It is always good to test sections of your layout for shorts and other faults as you are building it, here we show how this can be done. Once the fault has been identified a number of quick ways to remedy the faults

APPENDIX A: GLOSSARY OF TERMS

APPENDIX B: ELECTRONIC SYMBOLS

APPENDIX C: MODEL RAILWAY TRACK SYMBOLS

APPENDIX D: CAPACITOR CONVERSION CHART

APPENDIX E: ENAMELLED COPPER WIRE

INDEX

The book will be published in Mid September,
but you can pre-order now.


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