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Track Parts to Identify

model train parts tracksPradyot hasn’t supplied much information, but has obviously seen this track part on the net:

“Please identify the item. What’s the use of it? Can it be placed on my N scale D.C. layout? Thanks.”


9 Responses to Track Parts to Identify

  • Robt.says:

    Is the black piece of track rubber ?

  • Marvinsays:

    It looks like a track weight switch.
    It seems too big for n gauge
    Maybe ho or possibly oo gauge
    It might even be for a bigger gauge
    The weight of the train presses on it and makes contact to close the switch
    It will have no effect on the train power

    • Pradyot Basusays:

      It is of n scale. About 1/2″ of track is insulated at square portion. Track power jumped from bottom end. I will try to get More section photos.

  • Pradyot Basusays:

    A different view.

  • Joesays:

    Is that a lite I see on it?
    Any name on the back of track?
    It does look like N scale to me.

  • Geoffsays:

    According to google, it’s a minitrix, or trix, n gauge contact track switch, part # 4979. It looks to me that the more modern version is part # 14979. “For train-controlled activation of automatic functions. The switching process is activated only by a minimum of two metal wheels that are electrically linked together, not by individual wheels or plastic wheels.” So it’s of an age when DC was all there was. I think you would use it to activate a solenoid switch as the contact would be momentary. If you google “how to automatically work minitrix signals”, you should find a wiring diagram on a website confusingly called guidetozscale.com.

  • Pradyot Basusays:

    Backside of trix4979. And closeup picture of the same. Hope my friends will be able to identify the part & uses of that.

    • geoffsays:

      that seems to make sense. The locomotive straddles the insulating gap and makes the connection, completing the circuit, and thus activating whatever circuit you have the connector wired into. I suppose you could also use this to isolate a section of track.

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