Author Archives: Jack Zielke

Ran a train

The wiring is not even started yet but I have all of the rails in place for the three main loops so I ran a train. The two outer loops had just two rails missing. * WPG2 Plugin Not Validated … Continue reading

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Finished the switch

There is just the one switch that was taken apart when the table was disassembled.  It was missing wood underneath, etc.  I got it assembled to the point that it looked ok but it was not finished.  Maybe finished is … Continue reading

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Table lined up

The table for the layout is basically two C sections with an X in the middle.  That means there are 6 places where the table sections meet together.  5 of the 6 were lined up nicely and I was able … Continue reading

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AC Wiring complete

I bought some 3 conductor AWG 14 stranded wire that did not fit in the holes drilled for 2 conductor AWG 16 stranded.  I bought some 3 conductor AWG 14 solid and that fit with room to spare. * WPG2 … Continue reading

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First Switch

I did do some work on one of the switches earlier but today I installed both the outer and inner rails for a switch.  I cut some wood to replace some that was missing.  It does not look nice but … Continue reading

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AC Wiring

I want to replace the power plugs in the table.  I bought new receptacles on Saturday and then new wire today.  I purchased 3 conductor power cord.  It does not fit through the holes in the joists drilled for the 2 … Continue reading

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Wiring Plans

I am hoping to be able to use DCC (Digital Command Control) on the track. Because of that I am planning on wiring the track for DCC so that I do not have to rewire it again. I am also … Continue reading

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Hello world!

Rabbit suggested that I blog the repair of the train set.  I am going to try to back date some old info.

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Rails and an Engine

I added another 2 rails (off of the switch that goes to the 3 way switch at the top of the grade). I connected the (if you will excuse the descriptions) solid bridge on each end. One side was relatively … Continue reading

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Rails and Wire

Another successful Train Day. I placed 8 rails – bridging gaps. I connected 6 rails that were already mostly in place. Lots more to do. I purchased 1200′ (12 spools of 100′) of AWG 24 wire last year and found … Continue reading

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