The feeders (#22 solid) are connected to the bus wire (#14 solid) with scotchlok 905 connectors. The scotchloks are insulation displacement connectors, very easy to use and reliable if you choose connectors that are rated for the wire sizes you're using. The 905 connectors are rated for #14-#18 on the run, and #18-#22 on the tap. Perfect for N scale, I think.
|Scotchlok 905, with #14 bus and #22 feeder|
|905s installed on the layout|
|Ugly feeder to fix screw up|
I want to have only metal wheels on the layout, in part to keep the track cleaner, and in part to get a little more weight on the trucks and help tracking. Turns out the only cars I have so far with metal wheels are some ExactRail box cars. I guess I need get going on figuring out what metal wheels to use on all the Atlas cars I have.
The first test run was 5 boxcars and an MP15.
|MP15 test run with 5 cars|
|GP40-2 pulls a cut off the interchange track...|
|Sets them onto the runaround track...|
|And finally (after running around) starts the shove to Maple Leaf Distribution|
All in all, I'm quite pleased with the weekend's progress. Having got a taste of running now, I'm really looking forward to getting the whole layout operational.