What gauge wire is used for Lionel trains?
Follow these guidelines: Track connections (or Lockon connections) must be made with 18-gauge wire or heavier. Larger layouts require a minimum of 16-gauge wire. Use 24-gauge wire only when connecting single accessories that require lower current.
What is a Lionel CTC Lockon?
The Lionel CTC Lockon replaced the UTC Lockon beginning in 1947 and was issued with every O and O27 Gauge set during the Post War Period. It was used to connect any transformer to the track on every layout except those that were of permanent construction.
What is the best wire for model railway?
Number 22 solid wire works best on most scales. Solid wire is preferable as it is much easier to solder to the rails. Most feeders will be only a few inches long so the smaller diameter wire will not be a problem. It is best to use at least two different colors for your track wiring (one for each rail).
How does a Lionel transformer connect to track?
A Lionel transformer connects to track via a lockon on pre-2003 Lionel train sets. Up until 2003, Lionel train sets shipped with tubular track. Traditional Lionel tubular track connects to the transformer with a lockon, a small fiber board with contacts that clip onto a track, and two wire terminals.
How much voltage do you need for Lionel train?
Lionel offers several power supplies to meet the demands of your layout. Proper wiring will ensure you get the most out of whichever supply you use. If you will be using conventional control, you’ll want a variable voltage of up to 18 volts for your trains.
Which is the best Lionel Switch to use?
SC-2 – The SC-2 is best suited for twin-coil type machines and can be easily wired to Lionel switches as well as other manufacturers’. ASC (Accessory Switch Controller) – The ASC will handle twin-coil machines, but also motors. Here you’ll find wiring instructions for using the ASC on switches including:
Can you wire a railroad for command control?
If you’ve followed the steps above to wire your railroad for conventional control, then installing command control can literally be as easy as attaching a single wire. You can also use your TMCC or LEGACY system to control switches and accessories from other manufacturers.
How much voltage do you need for train control?
If you will be using conventional control, you’ll want a variable voltage of up to 18 volts for your trains. With command control, a fixed 18 volts is required. The amperage needed will depend on the number and types of trains you plan to run. Obviously more trains = more power requirements.