|Two freight trains are tucked away in two of the three staging tracks I recently completed. Note the smooth flowing lines of the curved turnouts....photos by Don Janes|
Staging Tracks Complete
Once all the turnouts and track were installed I added Tortoise switch motors. The main power bus is #14 solid copper wire.(14-2 house wire) I dropped down smaller gauge track feeder wires at about four foot intervals to keep a good electrical flow to the track. For years I have seen articles about using "suitcase connectors" for connecting feeders wires to the main track bus wires but this is the first time I have tried using them. Let me tell you, they are great. Fast and clean. No more crawling around under the layout soldering feeders while laying on my back. I would highly recommend these to anyone doing any track wiring. I bought mine from Micro Mark but they can be purchased at numerous places including Princess Auto.
After all the wiring was done I built a temporary control panel for the switch machine switches so I could test run the trains through all the turnouts and staging tracks. Everything seems to work as planned so now its on to designing the rest of the layout track plan.
|These are the turnouts just after the track enters the new room. The turnout on the right is for a future spur track and the one on the left leads to the new staging tracks|
|Here we see the opposite end of the staging tracks with a #8 right hand turnout.|
|I have started using "suitcase connectors" for my drop down track feeders and Tortiose switch motors. These make wiring a dream.|