How to wire a model railway

So tracks laid now its time to learn how to wire a model railway

This can be an easy job, but the more complex the layout the more complex the wiring! For track feeds starter sets will generally come with a track panel already wired up for you to plug straight into the controller, for the more advanced, you will need to solder wires to the rails direct.

If this is your first layout dont attempt to do an ambitious layuout like Kings Cross, start simple, if needs be make a small piece to practice on and test before you start on your layout proper. once you have done one section of your layout test it with a small locomotive to see that it works, before moving onto the next section, this will help with fault finding later.

Its important to get the layout working properly before you move onto adding ballast or other scenery items around the track.

For point motors and other accessories check with the manufactures instructions this also applies to points or turn outs, Peco, the market leader for track always include instructions on how to wire their points and other accessories

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About North Western Models


At North Western Models we believe that it’s the detail that brings a model railway to life.

North Western Models was established in 2015 by Kevin Colley and Christopher Gore as an online model shop based in Stockport, Cheshire. Initially dealing with high quality detailing accessories and kits, North Western Models prides itself in serving the model railway community to promote the notion that detailing helps to bring a model railway to life.

Kevin and Christopher have a lifelong passion with railways in general and also with model railways. Between them, they have planned, built and exhibited a number of layouts in 00 and N gauge at various local model shows. Kevin and Christopher regularly attend a number of exhibitions each year, either trading as North Western Models or with one of their layouts which is currently on the exhibition circuit.

Kevin Colley, North Western Models Co-founder
Kevin Colley, North Western Models Co-founder