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Ferrules, how and why to use them

electrical ferrules
Want to improve your electrical wiring contacts? Meet the electrical ferrule. [...]

Heat shrink protecting T junction cable joins

Heat shrink tubing
How to insulate wire T solder joints with heat shrink tubbing. You can't just slide heat shrink tubing over a T joint. [...]

A primer on wire sizes

model railway wiring
Using the right wire for a model railway will not only be cheaper it'll make the wiring easier. But what are the right sizes of wire to use. [...]

Best stripping tool for bus wiring

best wire stripper
The easiest, fastest and best way to cut and strip wires for electrical work. [...]

Make your own ground foam

Ground foam made in a blender
Making your own ground foam for scenery is fun, much cheaper than buying the commercial stuff and gives your more flexibility in your scenery. But [...]

How to wire Circuitron Tortoise Point Motors

Tortoise passing contact switch wiring
Here's a quick simple guide to how I wire my Tortoise slow-motion point motors and use them with Lever operated passing contact switches. [...]

Light up with Magnets – How to easily and flexibly illuminate your buildings

A simple technique for wiring your buildings for lighting while still allowing them to be easily moved and worked on. [...]

How to fit platform lights

No model railway station is complete without platform lighting. Here's how to do it in five simple steps and a video walkthrough. [...]

How to join and solder wires for the most reliable connections

soldering wire how to
How have I missed this?  [...]

How to wire up LED lights on your model railway – the simple guide

addiston south model railway
I've covered the mechanical aspects of making street lights before, this post, however, focuses on the electrical element of wiring LEDs for buildings such as [...]

Model Railway Beginners Q&A: How to connect more power leads to a model railway set

If you've added more track to your model railway set you'll reach a point where just one power-clip isn't enough. But how do you get more power to your track [...]

How to master perfect soldering for trouble-free track and wiring – the definitive guide

model railway soldering
Want to improve your model railway track work, wiring, and electrics? Soldering is the only way. But what's the best solder to use? What's the best soldering [...]

How To Avoid The Two Ugly Sisters of Track Soldering Hell

Tried soldering wires to your model train rails? Fed up with melted sleepers and solder globules ruining the look of your track. Here's a handy tip for quick, [...]
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