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entry 14 Jul 2018, 08:44
Miracle of miracles, I have had a train actually running on my layout! Yes, it was only along one foot of track, yes, it stuttered a little because it hasn't been run for 5 years, but I'll take it as a win...

Today I reconnected the bus wires to the new controller location. I have setup two bus wires that run around each of the two baseboards. I can now use inline wire connectors to patch in the track droppers as I put them in place. These are all joined back at a connector block.



Although I have owned a soldering iron for the past 40 years I have never been able to make effective joins. It is one of those skills that has eluded me. So today I took a piece of scrap track and did some practice. I also watched a number of videos and actually listened to the tips. This necessitated a trip to the electronics store to pick up some flux, magic hands and assorted other useful stuff. And whaddya know, in an hour I am soldering like a champion, making neat joins first time. Probably should've put in the practice a couple of decades ago.

I am soldering the droppers to the bottom of the rails and then placing a single small hole in the centre of the track bed through which they are fed under to the bus. I did have some connectors that would happily take two droppers into them, but the new ones I managed to get hold of can only take one each. I would rather cut into the bus wires as little as possible, so I will have to search out some of the larger ones.




 
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