BEGINNER’S GUIDE: Connecting power to the track

Making your first connection from the controller to your track is the most important. Hornby Magazine explains the basics and how you can connect wires to your track neatly.

Connecting Power
Above: Wiring can be a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t have to be. Take your time, plan your wire routes accordingly and above all keep it neat with colour coding. These are some of the essentials for wiring a model railway: 7/0.2 equipment wire for track connections, 28/0.2 bell wire for power for DCC power bus feeds, soldering iron, plug-in terminal blocks for baseboard joints and wire strippers.

MODEL RAILWAY electrics are an essential part of a working layout and with a few simple techniques everyone can install wiring to bring their railway to life and keep the wires concealed out of view.

The term 'electrics' scares many modellers, but the simple truth is that all circuits on a model railway are a repetition of the same basic positive and negative feed.

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