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Power Control Unit

 

If you have brought a train set with track then you should have been supplied with a power control unit. It usually consists of a transformer (to reduce the mains voltage to a level that's safe) and a control box (a variable resister which controls the speed of the train). To connect this to the track use a power clip or power track. The Hornby clip simply fits between the sleepers and the track at special points (indicated by two arrows pointing at each other). It can be a little bit fiddly but you should get the hang of it. Once this is inserted into the track you simply have to insert the leads (Note: they can go in either way round but that each way round will result in the train going in a different direction) and away you go.

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In my experience the power clips look a bit odd on a layout. This is why I decided to do without them and connect two wires to the track instead, at the same point the power clip is inserted. I then ran the wires out through a hole below the track so that they couldn't be seen. I then soldered the other ends of the wire to a power clip and glued that to the bottom of the board so that I could continue to use the same controller leads from my control box.

 

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