Is the reed switch designed to be off until a magnet passes near it, or is it designed to be on?
Try taking a 9 volt battery and a simple light bulb and making a small circuit like so: battery > light bulb > reed switch > back to battery
What happens when your apply the magnet?
It should solve your problem for you.
As you will know when it comes to anything electrical l an a bit of a dumbo. So l have some magnetic reed switches that l wish to fit to my battery powered locos so l can isolate the battery when not in use rather than keep taking the battery out. I have tried this on one but l can't get it to work. I assume l just attach the wires to either end of the switch and pass a magnet over it to open and close the circit but zilch happens. Now when you all stop laughing can anyone point out where the village idot has gone wrong please.
My class 117 returned from KMRC and is now working fine, apart from the usual Bachmann squeeky axles. As I'd not seen any reviews online for it, I did a brief one of my own. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about a sound chip, as there doesn't seem to be a specific 117 project out there - just some similarly engined recordings. By all accounts, the factory fitted speakers aren't upto scratch either, so what do i do? - Just get a chip and see what the speakers are like or send it away and have the speakers changed too? Apparently, Bachmann have been quite clever in using their own PLU22x sockets in these sets and many sound chips needed functions remapping - too scary for me to undertake.