Track Wiring

There are several sections in this website that you should read regarding track wiring. This section on track wiring, Part I, covers general wiring information, testing, and troubleshooting. Part II contains the actual wiring of track. The menu to the right will automatically take you to the right section. Connecting your track to your booster is
Track Wiring - schematic

covered in Booster Network Wiring. Wiring your turnouts also has its own section. Be sure to become familiar with all these sections. They have recently been expanded to cover topics that are frequently asked on the DCC Q&A forum. Finally, you may find the section on track and wire resistance interesting. These are cheap, sanity saving devices. Use one color to mark rail "A". Use another color to indicate that a section of track has been wired. Use another to indicate a problem rail switch to the track gang. The use of light bulbs to limit current has been occurring long before I was born. Heck, even the use of car taillight bulbs in model trains wasn`t my idea. Since the bulbs I saw in an old Model Railroader were all obsolete, I ran tests and determined that the very low cost #1156 was the optimal choice. Other than publishing my findings here in my web page, I would have expected this to be the extent of my contribution to the hobby on this topic. Instead, I`ve not only evidently sold tons of bulbs ” with not a bit of thanks from the bulb manufacturers! ” but the topic continues to generate a ton of email on the Internet. Since the topic is still not clearly understood by all, I thought I`d come back and rewrite things and try to do a better job by adding a few things that have been learned over the past few years. Why use taillight bulbs A taillight bulb is a low cost way to limit current when a short occurs on your...

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