|BobE:||"Which rail is positive and which one is negative? Darn battery, always seems to die when you're in the middle of noplace!"|
|brassjournal:||"In an arcane ceremony seldom seen by outsiders, and never before photographed, a new signal maintainer is initiated into the secret society known as Those Who Harness the Unseen. In this portion of the rite, the initiate chants the society's mantra, 'Ohm, ohm, ohm...', while symbolically entering himself into The Circuit of Universal Continuity."|
"For some reason the 12vdc bank of batteries for that signal went dead. Those batteries do in fact power a converter that puts about 1.0 vdc on the track. In this picture Xingman is charging the bank of batteries back to their appropriate level. He has his meter on the rails checking to see if there is a short on the track circuit which could have drained the 12v system. Turns out the trickle charge rectifier just couldn't keep up with the log train which was working on the track circuit to the north (behind the hyrail) throughout the entire day. This location is at the north end of Merlin MP 482.6".
richmp412 came close with his analysis:
"It would appear to me xingman has a dead track battery and is charging
it off of his pickup. He has a volt meter and is checking the voltage on
It's not supposed to be an absolute signal
but a vandal stole the number plate.
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