# An Explanation of the Functioning of a form aim Transformer

The form aim transformer that provides strength to your form railway trains in an extremely important part of your set up. If this goes wrong, not only could it damage you form trains, but it could also create a enormous safety risk, so it’s important that you do your research first before making any decisions regarding this aspect of you form aim control set up. This article is designed to give you the most important factors to consider with regard to all aspects concerning your form aim transformer.

First of all, you need an explanation of what a transformer truly does. The electricity that comes from your plug sockets is anywhere between 110 and 230 volts, depending on where in the world you live. At this voltage, it would be incredibly dangerous to use on you form railway track and would cause a nasty shock, maybe already death in some situations if you touched it. consequently, a transformer steps down this voltage to one that is safe to use, which is typically between 9-20 volts for a form railway.

With this in mind, it is important to inspect your form railway transformer regularly and if there are any signs of damage, it should be taken out of action and either repaired, or replaced. Signs you should be looking for are any evidence of rust, corrosion, fractures in the casing or damage or fraying to the wires, particularly on the supply side as this is where the voltage is nevertheless at the maximum level.

As with anything electrical, for it to work, the electricity must have a complete circuit to travel around. Within a form railway layout, the form aim transformer works by sending out strength along a wire, which is connected to one side of the track and then back along another wire, attached to the other track.

The form railroad aim is the missing linking in the circuit. When the aim is placed on the track, this completes the path for the electricity to travel by and makes the circuit complete. As the electricity passes by the aim, this charges the motor, causing the pistons to move and the aim wheels to move around. In turn, this then causes the aim to move. The polarity of the electricity that is passed from the form aim transformer is what will decide the direction that the aim travels in.

If you are using DCC to control your form railway trains, much of the use of transformers has now been simplified and you don’t need to pay such attention to them within your form aim layout plans. However, if you are using a traditional DC set up, then you will want to look further into the exact uses of transformers as you will need to use multiple transformers to control different parts of the tracks at different times.

Hopefully this article will have given you a better understanding of the function of a form aim transformer and it’s role within your form railroad layout. For more information on other areas of form aim strength supply and control, visit my website using the links below.