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  • #31
    Arthur, the terminal strips are great if the lights are all pretty close to each other, but if they are spaced out, I'd use a bus wire. Mount your transformer in the mid section of the bus wire, and run off of that in both directions. It keeps all the wires neat and in some kind of order. Just my 2 cents worth.


    Louis L&R Western Railroad
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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    • #32
      Louis and Geezer,

      Thanks for your input.. right now I am thinking all of them are within 4 feet of each other (switchyard). I suppose running a bus wire is best, I was just thinking it could be much easier to just screw the wires in every time I get a new light, rather than strip a section out of the bus wire, wire and solder and tape up.

      Thanks,

      Arthur
      Arthur

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      • #33
        Arthur and All,

        I am going towards this too, I have the lights, and I plan on running bus to wiring blocks, in my RR layout that works best.

        Les

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        • #34
          Arthur,

          Are you putting on a big light show for New Years?

          Joking aside, I vote for bus wiring. I have it for my Tortoise turnouts and it works well.
          Tom M.

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          • #35
            Alright, bus wiring it is. No light show for me, Tom.. [:-bulb] I will have about 9 or 10 street lights scattered all over the module, plus a few interior house lights.. especially engine house and tractor repair shed.

            The Cielo Vista, being a mountain railway sometimes has to work long nights to beat heavy snowstorms that can shut the mainline down for days on end. Hence the decision by the General Manager to light the switchyard for [:-sonar] operation.

            Arthur
            Arthur

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            • #36
              Arthur, I've just discovered this thread. The night ambience in the last picture of page 1 is really very nice. I love this yellow shade, it suggests lots of stories.

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