Jerry has been in touch with his thoughts on Wiring DC and DCC:
“I had not thought much about ‘difficulties” in wiring a model train layout until I read one of your recent publications.
Comments made to answer the question posed kind of developed into DC versus DCC.
A few comments did provide some advice as to wiring but no one bothered to provide any wiring diagrams for the questioner.
Wiring a model train layout can be a real challenge or it can be relatively easy. Ask yourself the question: what type of train operations do I want to do?
For me having a train go round and round on a loop seams rather boring, but very easy wiring.
My first layout I built was about 1956. It was a 4 ft x 8 ft piece of plywood and a oval track. Since then I have constructed a number of layouts.
When we moved to Utah, USA, a few years ago, we found that our home would not accommodate a train play area. So we purchased a 12 ft x 16 ft shed, Grandpa’s Train Room.
Like I said, having a train just go around a loop did not seem like a great challenge. So I chose the Atlas “Great Eastern Trunk” layout [with modifications] for my layout
I can run both DC and DCC on the layout. Electricity is electricity, whether DC or AC.
The layout as wired has 15 sections of track operated by DPDT [double pole double throw] center off switches.
There are 15 turnouts operated by SPST center off switches.
Also, since the turnouts are AC operated I have inserted one DPDT center off momentary switch (So anytime I use a turnout switch I don’t accidentally leave it on which could burn out the turnout mechanism).
This is the under side of the control panel.
Now I can run either [but not both] DC and DCC. I just have to remember to switch the track switches [all] to either clockwise or counter-clockwise position.
I do not operate the turnouts by my DCC controller only use the SPST switches [+ momentary switch.]
Below is the turnout switch wiring.
I hope this helps with wiring issues.
I’m not sure which post on wiring Jerry means, but it could be this one:
Now on to John:
Thought that you might like an update on my newest layout.
I have not settled on a name yet.
Rose Lane maybe? Quay House Road?
I have a boot of a back scene up and a few other details to tidy things up. The most fun was making my buffer stops though..
Ordering the stops and waiting for the post did not seem like an attractive option so I made my own.
All the best,
John’s last post is here.
A huge big thanks to John, and to Jerry for sharing his narrative on Wiring DC and DCC:
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you clip boredom around the ear and join in the fun, the Beginner’s Guide is here.