An important element of any good model railway layout is to have good wiring. I’ve seen a fair few layouts where at first glance, the layout looks fantastic (a great track plan, incredible scenery, and some great looking trains), but when it’s switched on the trains have problems receiving power at certain points round the layout and don’t run smoothly. 9 times out of 10 this is caused by inadequate wiring.
Regardless of what scale you are modeling in and whether you are using DC or DCC, your model railroad will always run smoother if the power is supplied with proper wiring busses and feeders, rather than relying on the power reaching your trains through the track alone.
A pair of bus wires (one for each rail) run beneath the track will carry the current much more efficiently. Smaller feeder wires connect the bus to the rails at regular intervals.
In this video we can see a short presentation which shows some recommendations for adding bus and feeder wiring to your layout.
In this video we can see a quick how to on how to quickly and easily install feeder wires from your track to your main bus wire.
Some important points to remember when you are wiring:
1) Make sure everything is disconnected from the main power supply.
2) Keep your wires tidy and untangled.
3) Try and colour code your wires where ever possible so you can see at a glance what a wire is for. If you cant get hod of the same coloured wire, mark the wires with coloured tape so you can tell what they are for.
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