Model Railway Electrics - Power Clip
How to Fit a Hornby Model Railway Power Clip
If the track is manufactured by Hornby there will be two little holes in the
straight between the track and the sleepers. These holes can be located by two
small arrows on the underside of the track pointing towards the centre of the
track. You can also locate them by holding the track up to the light and looking
at the track sideways on.
Once located it is simple (or not so) to push the power clip between the
sleepers and the rail making sure that the long arm goes under the second rail
These holes are not found on points and some small or special sections of track.
Hornby now produce a special straight section of track called “power track” (R8206)
which is pre-fitted with a non removable power clip.
You do not need to use a power clip. Many railway modellers connect wires
directly to the track usually by soldering. I found the best place to do this is
at the joins between sections of track or by threading the wires through the
gaps for the power clip and then fixing them in place with some solder.
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Power Clip Placement
The point at which power is supplied to the track is very
important. Poor placement can result in areas of your layout not
receiving power, if for example, a point is changed. In some
circumstances this is desirable, for example, when you want to
put one train into a siding and bring another one out. Below is
a simple double tracked layout, the areas in red indicate where
not to put a power clip and the area in green indicates the most
ideal place to locate a power clip.
By locating the power clip in
the green area you can power the loco from one oval to the other and then
back on to the original oval, without stopping to change points.
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