Wiring help please

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by spitfire, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Xavier, the Bus is what you take when you miss the train.

    I am wiring mine in block format for Cab control DC, no buses on my line.

    And not just because mine is set in 1880, LOL
  2. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    SAL the grease is not used to conduct electricity but to prevent oxides from forming in rail joint.
  3. its dielectric because it prevents what its covering from giving off electrons thus prventing corrosion or losing electric current from what connections its protecting. It has been used in many many car harnesses over the years both inside and out of the vehicle. Now I'm no knocking trains but cars have up to twelve computers onboard that are networked and must pass a ton of information back and forth in a miiliseconds time. I am quite sure if dielectric grease can protect these circuits, then it should be able to protect a simple 12v dc + - circuit. IMHO
  4. CalFlash

    CalFlash Member

    Right about the bus but it would actually be parallel wiring not series.
  5. CalFlash

    CalFlash Member

    If you run a wire around the layout and tap to it to feed the track at various points it's a bus whether it's DC or DCC. For 1880 time frame you would use a series pattern - a string inline with the loke :D
  6. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Actually, I have wired my layout as per Shamus' information, he has the info up on his website "How I Make A Model Railroad Layout".

    The track directly to wired to DPDT switches on the control panel, the onlt "Bus" wire I guess is the one that goes between all the switches and to the power pack.
  7. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    In 1880, it is steam driven, no electricity. :D

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