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  • Trackmate wiring

    I purchased the trackmate 4 lane kit and understand the gantry, relay and track call button connection but, how do the Lane's controllers get wired in?

  • #2
    Wiring the controllers to the track has nothing to do with Trackmate, or any other timing system you may be using

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    • #3
      I believe it does since I found this picture, it looks like I power the lanes and controllers from the relay.

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      • #4
        The controllers get wired as you normally would. All the relay does is to turn the track power on and off. It just goes between your power supply and the track.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by gmcullan View Post
          The controllers get wired as you normally would. All the relay does is to turn the track power on and off. It just goes between your power supply and the track.
          As in the photo?

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          • #6
            Yes.

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            • #7
              Here is another wiring diagram. This is for 1/32 club style tracks, HO tracks have the wires that connect to the track rails reversed. The track power relay can be installed between the power supply and everything else, it could be either on the plus or minus side, if it was on the minus side it would have to be before the place where the brakes are connected or the brakes would not be working when the power shut off. In the case of a car with a lot of coast you might get a crash once in a while if the power went off when the car was in a braking zone.

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              • #8
                I understand the wiring for the controller hook-ups. The issue is connecting the power to the track so the power to the lane stops when the heat is over. The trackmate directions I have are almost useless.

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                  • #10
                    Trackmate has the one relay control the power from the power supply. The note about hooking up additional lanes is on the diagram. You parallel the lanes from the power supply after the Trackmate relay. This will control the power to the lanes using Trackmate. The diagram is very clear.
                    An alternative is using a relay for each drivers station (switching the positive from the power supply to the driver's staion (white post)). You then use the single relay from Trackmate to control the driver's station relays. You will have to supply 12 volts to the drivers station relays that the Trackmate relay will control.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jmacartney View Post
                        Trackmate has the one relay control the power from the power supply. The note about hooking up additional lanes is on the diagram. You parallel the lanes from the power supply after the Trackmate relay. This will control the power to the lanes using Trackmate. The diagram is very clear.
                        An alternative is using a relay for each drivers station (switching the positive from the power supply to the driver's staion (white post)). You then use the single relay from Trackmate to control the driver's station relays. You will have to supply 12 volts to the drivers station relays that the Trackmate relay will control.
                        I found the picture on the internet through a search so the trackmate information given with the kit is not very clear!

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                        • #13
                          Sorry GLP Ah, I misunderstood what you were wanting to know. - Use of english language.

                          gmcullan and jmacartney said it nice and simply. The power control relay which Trackmate can switch, simply opens or closes one leg/side the power circuit, sitting before you take your power wires from the supply to the driver stations. It just sits in front of them in the order, so that when Trackmate opens or closes the relay, it shuts power off, or turns power on, to all the driver stations at once.
                          The diagram you showed is correct, and illustrates this.

                          I don't think of that relay as part of Trackmate, just an accessory Trackmate can drive, as I only buy raw boards from Daniel, and build the rest of the systems myself, and buy auto relays.
                          All the instructions and diagrams I re-wrote myself some years ago, and supply on disc along with a "quick start guide"

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                          • #14
                            The directions with the kit don't mention at all how to connect to the lanes/drivers stations or whatever you want to call it.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SlotsNZ View Post
                              Sorry GLP Ah, I misunderstood what you were wanting to know. - Use of english language.

                              gmcullan and jmacartney said it nice and simply. The power control relay which Trackmate can switch, simply opens or closes one leg/side the power circuit, sitting before you take your power wires from the supply to the driver stations. It just sits in front of them in the order, so that when Trackmate opens or closes the relay, it shuts power off, or turns power on, to all the driver stations at once.
                              The diagram you showed is correct, and illustrates this.

                              I don't think of that relay as part of Trackmate, just an accessory Trackmate can drive, as I only buy raw boards from Daniel, and build the rest of the systems myself, and buy auto relays.
                              All the instructions and diagrams I re-wrote myself some years ago, and supply on disc along with a "quick start guide"
                              Thank you!

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