vette-kid;I was thinking of that possibility, I just don't understand how. Looks like it's a simple mechanical operation. If the points are moving then the contact should as well. I may dissect one this weekend. The locos all seem to do fine on the plastic frog turnouts with the nail polish, so I suppose I could just disconnect power from these frogs as well.
If I go DCC, how would that change anything? We are mostly running the loco genies now, which is essentially like DCC using regular DC current and signals are sent wirelessly instead of through the rails. Point being, you run full power to the rails and they don't like power hiccups. They seem fine on this setup once we got past the initial issues.
I'll have about a week on my own coming up, so I hope to have time to actually investigate and read further.
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Yes, as I suggested earlier, you could just remove the metal jumpers feeding power to the frog, and carry on with a "dead" frog. If that doesn't work well with all your locomotives, you could always install a Frog Juicer. Since it is a purely electronic device, with no electromechanical contacts to get dirty, it would be very reliable.
Going to DCC wouldn't fix your short circuit at that frog. It would only give you better slow speed performance and the possibility of having sounds come out of your locomotives. If you're happy with loco genies, and given the small size & simplicity of your layout, I would think you can do without DCC, at least for now.
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