Need advise on building large layout

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Need advise on building large layout
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 12, 2003 11:44 AM
Hey guys, Newbie here.
Lookin' for some advise.
I am wanting hang my O scale train track from the ceiling in my basement and make it go around the enitre basement about 1000 square foot worth.
My question is, since it is a LONG track layout. What is the best way to keep the current going to the track all the way around the track.

Reason I ask is because I know when the train gets the farthest point away from the transformer the train will slow down due to loss of power and being so far away from the transformer. How can I fix this from occuring?
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Posted by AltonFan on Friday, December 12, 2003 1:01 PM
You might want to install additional feeders around your layout. Another idea would be to divide the layout into "blocks". The latter arrangement would allow the operation of multiple trains under independent control without a DCC system.

Dan

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 12, 2003 1:26 PM
How would you seperate into blocks? Do you isolate certain sections of the track and hook up multiple transformers? If you did that wouldn't you end up with different speeds at different points of the track?

If I went with the additional feeders along the way, could I run them straight back to the 1 transformer or would I need some type of power booster or multiple tranformers.
Forgive my ignorance - I have had these trains since I was a kid, but just now have gotten them back out of storage so my knowledge is limited to about a 8 years old knowledge.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 12, 2003 11:16 PM
Dear jwrape,
Welcome to the forum[:)]. My suggestion would be to use a "power bus," a seperate wire carrying power to the track at distant points. If you have connections between it and the track at regular and frequent intervals, it is designed to keep power loss unnoticeable. Although I haven't tried this myself, it sounds good. Of course, the solution for three-rail people like me is to have frequent "lock ons" to obtain the same end, but I'm planning on using a power bus on my new layout. As for dividing your layout into blocks, it is done using insulated sections of track, and some pretty complex wiring, but this by no means is intended to say that you shouldn't divide your layout into blocks. I'm doing it with a 400 square foot layout, and with yours it would be very nice, if not absolutely necessary to avoid collisions. But it really depends on what kind of layout you want to run. The people at your favorite model train store should be able to tell you a lot more than I can.
Actually, you might want to post this at the Classic Toy Trains forum, where a lot of the three rail people go, and I'm pretty sure that the people in the Model Railroader forum can help you too. And if you find anything out, please post it here...I am quite interested in this.

See you around the forum,
Daniel
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 14, 2003 11:33 PM
block wiring can be found in nooks at your favotite hobby store. It is good if you want to work your trains as they run. There are people working on relay tech that is semi auto and a chalanging good fun to wire & opperaye

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