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Murray McPhie
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I was not totally happy with the track layout on the Jennifer Creek R.R.

So I lifted the track and had another think.


It will, obviously, be a circular layout.

But I think I can do a lot more with it.


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So I turned it over and started thinking about how to wire it up.

I really could use some help.

I would like to install a good wiring system.


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Perhaps drill some 20-25mm holes in the framing allowing you to keep the wiring tidy.

I know you got some cabling from the solar panel fitters, but that may be too heavy for what's required.

On my layout I used 4 core and 6 core security cables (not telephone cable).
They are multi strand cables, copper, easy to solder, flexible, reasonably cheap,
and possibly free if you try your local Bendigo security company for off cuts (just a thought).

........Peter


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Hi Murray  :wave:



Your electricians-mate looks pretty darn lazy ... Snoozing on the job again ! by the looks of things.  :y:





Arh ! ... That's more like it ! ... Looks like they're checking the specs. on the new cable now.  ;)





C :cool: :cool: L  kitty !  :P


It looks like your layout baseboards are in 2 separate parts at the moment ...  :brill:

... So you're gonna need at least 1 connector, to make connection & disconnection easy.



Perhaps you have some connectors already, in your parts hoard !  :thumb:



You could have 2 connectors, 1 on each join also ...
... But a 'Bus' only actually 'needs' to be 1 long line of cable as a minimum spec.  :old dude:



Just a guesstimation, the solar-panel cable, might be 2.5mm CSA (cross sectional area) & rated at maybe 30 Amps.

Plenty for a Porter !  ;)



I would tend to use thinner cable, like Peter has used, or many other similar types ...

... but, since you got that solar-panel cable, you may as well try to use it.  :cool:



The only issues might be, fitting it into your connectors screw-terminals ...

... or getting enough heat into it, to ensure a decent solder 'flow', if the connector is a solder type.



Before choosing your board-to-board connector ... 

... You might wanna think about any 'extra' buses that may be needed on your layout.  L:


D.C.C. I think you are wanting ?

Switch-machines / Point-motors ?

Building lighting, perhaps a standard 12 Volts ?


What have I forgotten ?  ???



:)



Si.


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I like your "engineer", here's my track-layer:





Mina cat lays on the track, that's why she's the track layer.
                  Woodie


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She is beautiful!

Our old cat, Zebedee, who passed away nearly 2 years ago,
would always help his father when I was railroading.
Or anything else my wife and I were doing.
Gardening, building, housework, everything.

Losing him was just about the worst day of my life.

They are special little helpers on the railroad, aren't they. 


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The one in the pictures is Flynn.

Like the cable, he is a recycled cat.

He was more or less a year old when we adopted him from a cat rescue place.
He was a bit of a problem for a while, as he had obviously been a bit traumatised.

If you just keep loving them, even when they are not very loveable, they come good.


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Thanks for the reply!

I do agree, that cable is waaay too heavy for the job.
I had a play with it.
It cuts and solders fine, but it needs two wires to complete the circuit.

It would be a lot of hard work for no benefit at all.

I am now actively scavenging for some suitable wire.
I hate paying for wire, miles of it are just thrown away!


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Actually, when I relax and think about it, that heavy cable will serve very well.

I will run two cables around under the base boards. 
It does not need to be a complete circle.
I will use two connectors on one side.
I will solder lighter feeder wires to track sections as required.

Yep.  That'll work.


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I made some brackets and ran the the wire around thus.

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I was not happy with the surface on one board,

so I stripped it back to the rubber underlay.


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I might do the other half too.

The rubber is yoga mats from a chain store.  Very cheap.

It works too!  The rubber absorbs all the vibrations. 

The layout is very quiet, without the rumble of a MDF surface.


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Flynn isn't about to be sick.

He was just having a wash.




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