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from the bus what is the longest a track feed wire can be ? using 22 awg for feed wire . ( I have read 12 to 18 inches ) can you go longer if necessary ?
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yes, you can easily go twice as long ..
average maximum power draw is 1 amp, solid 22 awg wire is 5 amp limit, stranded is [4 to 6 strands] is 2.4 amp, personally i wouldn't go more than three feet or so, but that's me ..
 

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thank you

that helps , I have enough terminals to feed every 2 ft then . I was testing some track to see how diesel would run , it died about 6 ft from where I alligator clipped juice to the track .
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Mike

There is something wrong if a loco goes dead
six feet down a test track. Even with alligator
clips there should be good electrical conductivity
for way more than 6 feet.

Check the track and loco wheels to make sure
they are clean then check any joiners in the
test length.

It's almost a standard recommendation to have
a track drop every six feet or so. Every two
feet is overkill.

Don
 

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track jointers

you were right , had some crappy joiners on layout . will replace ,doing dummy layout and just wanted check how engine would run thru the section I had laid . ill will do as suggested as far as feeders go.
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Not sure. There are a few guys here who claim to only use track joiners for years on their garage layouts with no problems.
Myself, I do the overkill and solder drop leads to every piece of track. I only use track joiners to keep the track aligned.
 

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Not sure. There are a few guys here who claim to only use track joiners for years on their garage layouts with no problems.
Myself, I do the overkill and solder drop leads to every piece of track. I only use track joiners to keep the track aligned.
I guess its the same amount of soldering.
 

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track joiners

the one thing I've noticed is there doesn't seem to be any consistency from one joiner to the next as far as force needed to slide on the tracks . trying to find a good way to tighten if too loose .
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I like to use a feeder for every two pieces of flex track that has solder joiners. Also a feeder after every diverting route of a turnout, especially if they are spur tracks.

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