Add more power

Pressed for time..need to get a modelling fix? Here’s the first in a new series of quick to carry out tips to improve your layout.

Adding an extra set of wires power connections here and there around your layout can be done quickly, certainly in half an hour after work, but it’ll make a huge difference to the smooth running of your locos.

Many new modellers have just a few power connections, experienced modellers stick them everywhere. (I have them at every join) because it seriously improves the reliability of the layout.

If you use normal track connects, just add some track links and daisy chain them; if you’re at intermediate level pre-soldered rail joiners can be slipped in an hooked up to your existing wiring, or if you feel up to it solder your own wires to the rails.

Whichever your level, a few extra connections can be added quickly in an evening between cups of tea and will improve the reliability of your railway.

Founder of ModelRailwayEngineer, Andy Leaning

Andy is a lifelong modeler, writer, and founder of He has been building model railways, dioramas, and miniatures for over 20 years. His passion for model making and railways began when he was a child, building his first layout at the age of seven.
Andy’s particular passion is making scenery and structures in 4mm scale, which he sells commercially. He is particularly interested in modelling the railways of South West England during the late Victorian/early Edwardian era, although he also enjoys making sci-fi and fantasy figures and dioramas. His website has won several awards, and he is a member of MERG (Model Railway Electronics Group) and the 009 Society.
When not making models, Andy lives in Surrey with his wife and teenage son. Other interests include history, science fiction, photography, and programming. Read more about Andy.

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