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Offline Semaphore  
#1 Posted : 10 June 2012 01:26:42(UTC)
Semaphore


Joined: 13/08/2011(UTC)
Posts: 49
Location: Toms River, New Jersey, USA
Hello fellow Marklinists,

Just starting to gear up for the wiring of my layout.

The Marklin wires available (i.e. 7101 Blue) seem to be 0.19 mm². The comparable wires from Brawa are 0.14 mm².

Even though originally from Holland, I have to find comparable sizes using the American Wire Gauge system (AWG). I found that 24 AWG and 26 AWG respectively are the closest in sizes.

What is the consensus for sizes when it comes to model layout wiring? I plan on using a bus wire for the digital signal so I can easily create feeder tracks every 10'. I would use a heavier gauge for this and scale down for the individual connections.

Share your wiring experience with us.
Best regards,
Steven

JE MAINTIENDRAI
Offline Danlake  
#2 Posted : 10 June 2012 10:10:25(UTC)
Danlake

New Zealand   
Joined: 03/08/2011(UTC)
Posts: 713
Hi Seamphore,

I use 22 AWG for feeder wires and 12 AWG for wire bus. I buy them in roll of 30 meters from digikey store in US (find it much cheaper than buying Marklin or Brawa 10 meter rolls)..

Every 7-10 track has a feeder wire.

There is an interesting article from Allan Gartner on below website (scroll down to section about feeder wire):

http://www.wiringfordcc.com/track_2.htm#a14

Brgs - Lasse
Digital 8m2 layout / C (M&K) tracks / Era IV / CS2 60214 / Train Controller Gold
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#3 Posted : 10 June 2012 11:19:08(UTC)
Bigdaddynz

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Location: New Zealand
Originally Posted by: Semaphore Go to Quoted Post
I plan on using a bus wire for the digital signal so I can easily create feeder tracks every 10'. I would use a heavier gauge for this and scale down for the individual connections.



And for splicing off the individual feeder connections, you can use scotchlok connectors, such as seen in this ebay auction

http://www.ebay.com/itm/...&hash=item5889c8d470


And here is how they work (This is a picture from Dale Schultz's website - thanks Dale)


http://layout.mixmox.com/1/20020224Wiretaps
Bigdaddynz attached the following image(s):
Scotchlok.jpg
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