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Center rail is one pole and the wheel rails are the other pole. Of course power is provided to the rail by a special piece of rail or a special connector with two screws that snaps to a standard rail. Your transformer has two terminals and there should be one wire from each transformer terminal to each of the two screws on the special connector. Depending on the direction you are going, one is + and the other is - from your transformer. The pick ups (the wheels on the outside rails and the center roller) send the variable voltage power to the motor which runs forward or in reverse, depending upon polarity. This shouldn't be any more complicated. The Light and Smoke (if any) don't care about the actual voltage (+ and - or - and +), just that there is voltage, while the motor is sensitive to the direction the power is actually going.
Always make connections between the transformer and rail with the transformer unplugged from the power source.
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Posted on Apr 09, 2011
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