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Feeders.
Posted by Tjsingle on Sunday, August 10, 2008 9:38 PM

Hey Guys.

I Need to put one or two more feeders on my layout, I use bachmann easy track. now my question- where do put the wires from the feeders? I have NCE, do I put the wire where I already have a feeder connected into it?

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Posted by tstage on Sunday, August 10, 2008 10:32 PM

Tommy,

Just hook up your feeder wire in a different location.  The idea for the additional feeders is so that you can provide power more evenly around your layout.

Ideally, you should run feeders every 3' - 6' of track.  However, I ran my 4 x 8 layout on DCC for 3+ years with only 2 wires and it worked just fine.  I'm now in the process of installing a real power bus so that I can wire in my live turnouts.  A lot of work but...it's been fun learning. Smile [:)]

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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Monday, August 11, 2008 6:25 AM
My track is all Bachmann EZ-Track. I put my feeders wherever they need to go. Most times they come beside the roadbed and go up to the rails and sometimes they come up through the roadbed and go to the rails. As for how far apart it's not really important if each track section (mine's in blocks of approximately 6 feet each). They can attach at the beginning of a section, the middle, the end or anywhere in between. It's up to you. There's no DCC god that's going to make your signal flake out because the feeders of your sections aren't dead in the middle of each section.

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Posted by loathar on Monday, August 11, 2008 10:26 AM
If your layout is smaller (like a 4x8 or less) you can just run additional sets of wires right off your NCE to the track in various spots to more evenly distribute the power.
If your layout is bigger, you should set up buss wires under your layout. (14 gauge) and run (around) 22 gauge feeders wires off that to your track.

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