I got down on my hands and knees to photograph some of the wiring needed to make the railroad run flawlessly every time for years to come. All the wiring seems intimidating at first but for the most part it is the same circuit repeating several times. I know DCC has nice sound capabilities and is basically a two wire system but I enjoy working with the wires knowing how it all works and being able to fix the problem without having to ship a module to the manufacturer. Some of the wiring is for directional LED’s on the control panels, switch machines, block feeds, etc… It’s also a good idea to have a wiring schematic or directory laid out before hand. I use mine as a guide to ensure all the connections are correct. If it doesn’t work on paper it probably won’t work on the railroad. It also helps identify all the connections and wires down the road when you want to change something.
These are my switch machines. They work every time with no chance of burn out. I also try and color code my wiring to help me sort out where the wires go.
Here is where most of the wires funnel into the main control panel or relay board.
A full view of the relay board which controls the operations of the main turnouts and LED’s on the control panel. The yard throttle can be seen on the right side.
This is the main control panel for the town and yard. It is laid out the same as previous control panels for a neat and clean consistent look.
These are the power packs that my Grandfather built for me. The two on the left are for the walk around throttles, the middle pack feed one yard throttle and feeds DC power to the blocks. The last pack on the right supplies reduced DC for the LED’s and turnout switch machines with an auxiliary for additional signals, crossings or building lights down the road.