This is just a quick how-to video on track soldering and feeder wire soldering.
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March 17, 2011 at 12:11 am
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feeder wires, HO, Layout, model railroad, soldering, track
Great tutorial! Thanks for posting!
thanks so much
Great video. Are you using solid or stranded wire? It’s difficult to tell from the image.
@MrBarukG – Thanks! I am using stranded wire.
Thank you. You make it look so easy.
@hoserseventwo That’s because it is easy. lol.
What wire gauge would you use for n scale track?
@hoserseventwo I’m not sure. Maybe 22guage? I’ve always been an HO guy.
Im new to the whole train thing, and i have been told to do this, and i now know how to do it lol…. the only question i have is i am using a digital setup and have two wires that come out the back of the Controller to one track piece, should i replace these wires and make longer ones and connected the buses etc to the Main Wire and connect to each piece of track??
@NJBritton Yes, if you are using a DCC system you should have a thicker gauge wire for your buss (I use 14 gauge) then run smaller gauge wires ( I use 18 gauge). If you solder the rail joiners then I would say to solder a feeder wire every 6 feet or so, if you aren’t soldering the rail joiners then every piece of track. Thanks!
@tnttrains Yeah i will solder all the track and connect all feeders to each piece of track, is there any special thing you need to do when doing wires to a point?? do you need to do 4 wires, or just 2??
@NJBritton You won’t have to wire every piece of track if you are soldering the rail joiners. I recommend a feeder wire every 6 feet. You need two wires, one for each rail. I’m not sure what you mean when asking about wires to a point.
@tnttrains As in a point, were the train changes from one line to another?? or a switch or whatever you call it
@NJBritton Ok, well you don’t want a short that’s for sure. What you call a point I know as a turnout. I use turnouts with isolated frogs so wire them as you do an ordinary track. If your throw bars are metal this may cause a problem. You can use an insulated rail joiner to isolate the turnout from the rest of the layout.
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