wiring

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by pupparo, Sep 30, 2002.

  1. pupparo

    pupparo Member

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    Hello,
    Does anyone know a web site for ideals on how to wire up a layout? I can't even find a place to buy a book on the subject.
    All will be helpful
    Joe
  2. rich maiorano

    rich maiorano Member

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  3. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Joe - Let me check in my "archives" - I may just have a book for you.
    I'll e-mail you before Wednesday. Ok?? :D :D

    ~~ Mikey
  4. YakkoWarner

    YakkoWarner Member

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    try going here:
  5. pupparo

    pupparo Member

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    Once agian the members of the GAUGE has come thru.
    Thanks to all.
    Joe
  6. CSX6638

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    Atlas publishes a book " The Complete Atlas Wiring Book", Book #12, it sell for $5.95, it's a good place to start. You can order direct from Atlas or pick one up at your LHS.
    CSX6638
  7. Gavin Miller

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    Joe,

    Here's my advice on wiring:-
    Keep it SIMPLE by keeping it NEAT!

    Don't be tempted to use any old bits of left-over wire you happen to have hanging around. Colour-code all your wiring (if that means buying new stuff - do it! It will be a LOT easier to trouble-shoot later on when you've forgotten which wire went where).

    And don't scrimp on wire by taking the shortest possible route - eg diagonal criss-crosses. Lay it out LOGICALLY - once again, it is far easier to trouble shoot later on.

    Avoid hanging wires which can get snagged. Lots of such wires lead to "bird's nest" wiring!

    Use terminal blocks liberally - they make it easier to isolate problems.

    Here is a photo of the wiring under one of my NTRAK modules to illustrate the point.

    The purple/white wire combinations all lead to switch machines. The green/black wire combinations are track feeders to the yard tracks.

    Gavin Miller

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  8. stary

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    buy a copy of the Kalmbach book "Easy Model Railroad Wiring". It's exellent!!