Lockons

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Lockons
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 15, 2003 10:23 PM
What is the rule of thumb for how many lockons you need?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, January 16, 2003 1:21 PM
I'm not sure if there is a rule of thumb, you need to take the whole layout into consideration. When I had bare benchwork, I laid out actual tubular track to make sure everything I planned would work. On one 16x22 loop I had one lockon on each leg (four total) running roughly over about 76 feet of track. That was all I needed.

BUT when I began to build my layout, I used Atlas O for one loop and I required considerably more than four hook ups to ensure steady flow of electricity.

I doubt if that answered your question - just approach what you're doing with an open mind (and a bag of lock-ons!).

Bob
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Posted by Algonquin on Friday, January 17, 2003 12:17 PM
I don't know of a rule of thumb either. It will depend a lot on the condition and type of track. Specifically, the efficeincy of the track connectors and how well they conduct the current.

I have about 300 feet of Lionel sectional track on my layout. It is a mixture of new and slightly used (no rust) track. I installed a lockon every 15-20 feet and have had no problems.

Regards,

Tim Pignatari

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