Hooking up Transformer

OK, I'm new. I just bought an MTH Z-1000 transformer and have no clue
how/where to hook the wires from the track. I have two MTH connector tracks
and have put them at opposite ends of my 11 ft. oval. I'm running an O-gauge
Railking Challenger and 5 Premier passenger cars. Do I hook the leads from the
track to the transformer itself or to the controller? Do I twist the leads
together (++, --) and then screw them onto the back of the transformer? One
screw on the transform says "+" and the other "-". BUT, on my power-connecting
track it lists a "U" and an "A", I think. What goes where? I'm using 16
gauge wire.
Kent in SD
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Two23
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Kent, the way the wires should go is from the transformer to the controller input. Then connect the wires from the track (++, --) to the output terminals of the controller. The Z1000 has a fixed 14VAC output for powering accessories- do not hook the track wires to this output, as you will have no control. Since you say you just bought the Z1000, you should have a manual that will tell you how to hook it up. If it came without instructions, you should still have a warranty card. On that card is MTH's phone number. Give them a call(I don't know if they'll be open friday 12/26). If all else fails, you could try getting an answer from someone on the O Gauge RR forum- website is
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I'm a member there, and if the forum can't answer your question, i'd be very surprised. Hope this helps :>)
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NEVYEN
I did indeed find help on the OGR message board. It continues to amaze me! Transformer did not come with instructions! I suppose they figure that anyone who orders something like that knows what they're doing, LOL! I did get a train to go, finally.
Kent in SD
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Two23
As far as I know, all transformers come with both instructions and warranty cards. If yours does not have either, then it was opened in the store and the papers got left out when it was re-packed.
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Frank A. Rosenbaum
Kent; I would suggest reading the instructions. if they have been lost contact Mikie or his minions. You and yours have a joyous Christmas season. Roe
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