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    Kato Unitrack Wiring

    How do you wire unitrack?

    Do you use several peaces of their track that allows a connection?
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    They have "feed wires". You purchase them separately. They are basically, the track connectors with a wire soldered to them. You use them in place of the regular track connectors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tudor View Post
    They have "feed wires". You purchase them separately. They are basically, the track connectors with a wire soldered to them. You use them in place of the regular track connectors.
    Tudor,

    I not sure I understand. Do you have a link to them. Hopefully that would help.
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    Mike, just sent you a private message.

    Also, check this link for part # 20-041.

    http://www.katousa.com/images/unitrack/Ntrack.pdf

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    There's another link to them. Most people just do it themselves by popping out the rail joiner, soldering their own wire on and popping it back in. I've done this as well and it's very simple.

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    Smile Glad you asked!

    Quote Originally Posted by stepchild View Post
    How do you wire unitrack?

    Do you use several peaces of their track that allows a connection?
    I'm glad you asked. The answers to your question will benefit me. I can give you another alternative as I solder in my own wire drops. Soldering the wire directly to the track. I simply drill a hole through the plastic road bed and drop the wire lead down the hole.

    I do like Katos resolution by connecting directly to the rail joiner. I've done this while building several HO layouts, soldering a wire to the rail joiner. When I tried this with N scale I kept breaking the wire loose. The options provided here prove there's more then one way to get the job done.

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    Thanks for all the idea's on how to wire unitrack. I really appreciate it.

    One more question.

    Is there a book, site or anything that explains bus and feeder wiring? I think I understand just not sure. A diagram would really help.
    Mike

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    Kato has two "over the counter" methods...the 2-7/16" straight feeder tracks that come with a connection wire that plugs into the bottom of the track, and terminal joiners (Unijoiners with wires attached to the metal part of the joiner). The feeder tracks are the most positive and durable hookup. The terminal joiners have a bit of a negative rep...the wires tend to come loose with very little wiggling or pulling...but they are the only over the counter solution for feeding power on curves. The word on the street is that if you put them in carefully, do not play with them, and secure the wire so that there is no stress on the connection, they will work fine. To be safe, in areas where I have only the terminal joiners, I'm putting them in more frequently than areas where I have at least one feeder track.

    Also, some folks complain about the terminal joiners raising the track off the surface they are laying on. I suspect that this is more of a hard surface problem...like plywood. On foam, a little indention in the foam, hidden by the track, seems to be all that is necessary to avoid the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stepchild View Post
    Is there a book, site or anything that explains bus and feeder wiring? I think I understand just not sure. A diagram would really help.
    Here is the simple answer courtesy of N Scale Supply and Digitrax:
    "From the booster unit wiring is very simple to the track. Using at least 16AWG wire only two wires are needed. Run these two heavier gauge wires around the layout dropping feeder wires to the track every 6'-10'. These feeder wires can be smaller, such as 20AWG wire."

    And for a way to attach the feeder wires to the bus wire without soldering: http://www.posi-lock.com/posiplug.html

    And for a solderless way of attaching feeders to Unitrack using regular Unijoiners: http://joseph.bales.googlepages.com/...feedertutorial

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    Quote Originally Posted by AB&CRRone View Post
    Here is the ...

    And for a solderless way of attaching feeders to Unitrack using regular Unijoiners: http://joseph.bales.googlepages.com/...feedertutorial

    Ben
    I used this method with great results and I used the Kato wired terminal joiners. Both were equally effective.

    The comment about "raising the track up" is correct. If you use foam it is easy to make indentions.
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