Wiring now possible!

As I mentioned in my last post, all of the electrical components went missing sometime during the years the train stuff was in storage.  Now of course I am sure they will show up sometime – that bag wouldn’t have been tossed, but in the meantime I found a pretty good deal on ebay for the wire I needed.

Now why not head on down to the local hobby shop and get wire there?  Well for those who don’t know, I live in Jamestown, ND.  The nearest hobby shop is 96 miles away at best.  Also – the one place I ordered wire from had a couple of the control boxes in stock.  (Though as I also mentioned, using toggle switches is a viable alternative to the original control boxes.)

wiring arrived

As you can see in the picture, some of the wire is actual Märklin brand wire.  Was this needed? Not at all.  I just was able to get my hands on it for the same price as I saw non-Märklin branded wire of that size.  The green wire came with the other set, but it was extra and I figure it will work in a pinch or if I want to specially denote something.  Otherwise I plan on keeping with the Märklin color coding.

I was waiting for a friend over lunch break, so had a little time to start working on some of the wiring.  My initial test of the power distrobution strips was sucessful.  (Unhooked and powered just 1 section of track, then powered the light on a bumper section.)  I still need to add a piece of wood where I am going to have my switch controls, but that shouldn’t take long.  Now that I think I understand how everything is supposed to be wired – it is mostly a matter of doing it and testing as I go.

I will take more pictures of my progress – I am leaving all of the wiring quite loose as I might shift the layout some and for when I add homasote or cork under the track.

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About Jakob Barnard

I live in Jamestown, ND where I work for UTC Aerospace Systems, working on my masters degree, a firefighter with the Jamestown Rural Fire Dept, and keep rather busy.
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