That teeny tiny decoder wire

WM183 Feb 12, 2019

  1. WM183

    WM183 TrainBoard Member

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    Hi folks.

    I am doing a number of brass upgrades, and need to find some of that very fine wire like that which is used to connect the engine and tender on many DCC steam engines; 32 gauge I believe, and very flexible. I bought some from China, but it has a much thicker and tougher insulation which makes it rather too stiff. Does anyone know where I can get some of that? I hate to keep buying blindly.

    Thanks!

    Amanda
     
  2. gatrhumpy

    gatrhumpy TrainBoard Member

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    Amanda, what about piano wire from a switch machine coil?
     
  3. Mike Kmetz

    Mike Kmetz TrainBoard Member

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    [Edit: link to non-Trainboard advertiser removed]
    [mod comment]Please review Trainboard's retailer policy prior to posting links to those who do not advertise here. There are many on-line retailers who supply this type of wire. See below for mention of one TB advertiser.
     
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  4. Pieter

    Pieter TrainBoard Member

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    ESU is also selling their decoder wire, 10 m at a time and 10 colors. See their site for the specs. Other wise you could also try lose decoder cable harnesses.
     
  5. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Trainboard advertiser Streamlined Backshop (SBS4DCC) sells the ESU, SoundTraxx, TCS, and Zimo branded wires of 30awg and thinner
     
  6. J Starbuck

    J Starbuck TrainBoard Member

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    I have used the ESU and also TCS. Both are excellent but the ESU is slightly thinner and more flexible.
    The retailer listed above is my go-to source.
     
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  7. WM183

    WM183 TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks folks! It never occurred to me that ESU might make it. Being a European firm, they may be my best bet.
     
  8. fordy744

    fordy744 TrainBoard Member

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    most, if not all of the decoder manufacturers offer the wire separately.

    So contact your preferred supplier would be the safest advice...
     
  9. Onizukachan

    Onizukachan TrainBoard Member

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    It you are not looking for large quantities, be aware you can buy stranded wire with a silicone jacket in 30 and below as well from us based ebay China suppliers, 1-2 meters at a time.
    It is limper than anything I’ve ever used and super easy to strip.
    Since I need to finish an order at SBS, I’ll give his a try.
     

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