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track wiring
« on: August 30, 2017, 01:15:05 pm »
Hi all, Tell me do I need to use 2 colours to wire track to controller or can they both be the same colour?

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Re: track wiring
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2017, 01:18:03 pm »
Hi all, Tell me do I need to use 2 colours to wire track to controller or can they both be the same colour?
They don't need to be different colours but if they are its easier to trace the connections.
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Re: track wiring
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2017, 01:18:59 pm »
You can use whatever colours you like, but usually it's a good idea to use two different colours to make it easier to follow which wire is connected to which rail.

For example, some controllers will have red and black colours on the output terminals, or maybe red and blue.  So if you use the matching colours in your wiring it helps when you have more than one pair of wires feeding different parts of the layout and you need to make sure the same rail is always connected to the same output terminal.  Otherwise you might get a short circuit or the loco goes the wrong way!
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Re: track wiring
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2017, 01:32:32 pm »
Thanks guys, next question ! what amp terminal blocks do I need to buy ( yes this is my very first attempt at model railways ) and believe me there are lots more questions to come.

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Re: track wiring
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2017, 02:00:54 pm »
I presume you're talking about plain old DC power (not a digital DCC system?)

You don't need hefty terminal blocks for n gauge wiring, we're not talking about a lot of current. A single train is usually a lot less than 0.5 amps   (I've got some really old locos that can draw rather more than modern ones, but even then not more than 0.5 amps).

I usually just buy the smallest ones I can find in Maplin or a DIY store - probably 3 amp type.

For DCC the power requirements can be rather higher as you can have multiple trains running and being fed through the same wiring, but let's not confuse things unnecesarily at this stage?
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Re: track wiring
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2017, 02:10:55 pm »
Oh and welcome to the the hobby and this forum by the way!   

Don't worry, ask anything you're not sure about and we'll try and help.    You won't always get one definitive answer, as with so many things there are often different approaches people take and/or prefer which can be equally valid!
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Re: track wiring
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2017, 03:05:36 pm »
1) is there a local MR club to visit - lots of advice & tea ( usually)

2) the TINGS show is next Saturday near Warwick - again see what's available and how other people do it -( the layouts in progress are best value)

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=34577.msg462210;topicseen#new

3) visit local MR shows

http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/local

4) read everything in NGF!

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Re: track wiring
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2017, 04:24:35 pm »

4) read everything in NGF!

That's the rest of the poor chap's life sorted then!

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Re: track wiring
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2017, 04:37:13 pm »
Peco do a series of cheap booklets "Shows you How", most of which you should be able to get from your local model shop or from internet retail outlets. They are easy to understand with plenty of coloured diagrams to help with understanding.

Book 4 is about the first steps to wiring a layout. Well worth the £1 or so it costs.  :thumbsup:

http://www.pecopublications.co.uk/SYH4.html
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Re: track wiring
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2017, 04:41:40 pm »
I see you're an NGS member First Timer. So check out your NGS hand book which has lots of useful information. Section 6 is all about track wiring etc.

Happy reading....
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Re: track wiring
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2017, 06:05:19 pm »
Like your sense of humour Nobby,

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