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 Posted: Mon Dec 8th, 2014 11:52 pm
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Stan S
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Anybody know where to buy small pin connectors? Like to connect a headlight in a small steam engine so that it can be disconnected to remove the body for service? Also needed for connecting the tender to the main locomotive to pick up power from the tender wheels...?
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 Posted: Tue Dec 9th, 2014 02:42 am
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Howdy Stan...everybody has their favorite "plug", here's mine. MINIATRONICS makes 1, 2, 3, etc. MICRO plugs which are wired and ready to attach. These are all I use. Scale Shops also makes micro plugs but they require wiring. However,my older equipment has SS plugs and the Miniatronics work with them also. Of course, you can make your own with small brass tubing and wire. Have fun & run a train today.

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Thanks Woodie.
Seems like the Scale Shops website might be gone.
I came across this site though and ordered up a couple sets of these:
http://tcsdcc.com/Zen/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=45&zenid=8cce85cabe8014bbf9196476ef68b2e8

Will post when I see how they are.
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Here is a link to a line of tiny connectors at decent prices, and with 2 to 8 pins:
http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/851-87-004-10-001101/1212-1346-ND/3757596



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Thanks Bob, these look promising.
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Stan,
Magazines devoted to electronics will show a number of sources for the types of connectors used to cable peripherals inside of computers and other types of electronics. These are usually on a grid with 0.100 spacing between posts. They can be found in catalogs from companies such as Digikey, Newark, and others. At one point in time they were in stock items at RadioShack. I honestly have no clue what they carry these days as it been several years since I have been into one of their stores. They have been reducing the number of parts type items that they carry and if I need that type of thing, I start at some of supply houses that are more specialized. Another company which specializes in connectors is Molex. Theirs are more usually a little more expensive but will carry higher current or voltage ratings than the connectors in a typical home computer.
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Good thoughts, Kent-Thanks.



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