“An electronic circuit is composed of individual electronic components, such as resistors, transistors, capacitors, inductors and diodes, connected by conductive wires or traces through which electric current can flow.” - Wikipedia
An electric circuit is also described as a pathway of wires that electrons can go through. There is a power source, such as a battery, that gives the circuit voltage and makes the electrons move. When the electrons hit the device at the end, it turns it on. Oftentimes in model railways these are house lights or traffic lights.
Common ways in which circuits are used in model railroad is as the model train power supply for things such as:
TrainLife provides plug and play circuits that make setting up your train electronics super easy!
At TrainLife you can find the following circuit options for your model railway:
This circuit provides your antennas with a strobing white light during the day and a red light during the night.
This video shows what this circuit can do, and the instructions for setup are easy to follow too!
This circuit runs the flashing crossing signal when a train is approaching. The signal control uses photoelectric cells to automatically detect a train’s presence.
This circuit controls traffic lights on roads that parallel railroad track, so that passing trains will trigger a change from green to red at intersections that cross the tracks.
We hope this helps you get started with Model Train Circuits so that you can bring your model railway to life even more!
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