Accessory Wiring

Custom model railroad wiring is not only for running trains, but also for accessories. Whether using a DCC system or operating just using DC power to operate your accessories on your layout, my past project experience will be helpful. From interior lighting, street lights, signs, other lighting and sound effects, and more, all can be installed to give your layout that extra touch that will make your layout simply just plain old fun to be around.

Careful planning and attention to detail allow for simple and clean installation of groups of Tortoise under the table switch machines as shown here. Things can start to get pretty tight and cluttered fast under smaller layout. Knowing how much wiring to expect and where to run it is a very good idea.

This photo shows the placement of an AuxBox HC on the left side of the back of a control panel shelf. This piece of hardware allows you to control 12 individual SPDT or DPDT switches using your DCC throttle. Each switch can be assigned its own address. There will be an additional powers supply installed in the empty space to the right.

Empty terminal strips set up in advance before wire gets run. You can tell that there will be plenty of wiring under this layout.

This photo shows the use of a Miniatronics PDB-2. This 24 blocks power distribution board is a very handy when you have a lot of wiring to run and would like to keep thing organized. It just keeps things clean and can be of great help for troubleshooting or doing maintenance.

This little Tortoise farm here is shown being powered by a Digitrax DS64 stationary decoder. It not only powers the Tortoises but also assigns each switch machine an address so you can operate your turnouts off the throttle. These accessory decoders are very functional and are capable of many different applications.

Shown above is the lighting concept that was used for the Smith Mine diorama project’s coal tipple. The easily removable roof reveals two incandescent bulbs for lighting the interior, and one red LED that was intended to light up using a momentary push button. Quick change capability was a must for the interior’s clear bulbs so that virtually anyone at the museum could replace them without any special skills. Naturally if the red LED went out it would have to have some soldering done to remove and replace it.