Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

To solder or not to solder ......

Recommended Posts


That is a question that I have grappled with for some time, especially considering that my layout is of a semi permanent nature, with block detection.


There seems to be a recommendation going around that "every piece of track must be soldered to another track or a feeder wire".


I initially started soldering the joiners but given the smaller size for N scale, it was not an easy task!


I have now resorted to using conductive wire glue on the joiner ( on the outside) and must say it's working quite well so far. Each of the blocks in the layout ends in a turnout ( which have isolators built in) and have their own separate feeders to facilitate detection.


Any experiences to share?

Share this post

Link to post



I do not solder my joiners to the track.


I solder my feeders to the underside of joiners ... which are NOT soldered to the track they are connected to.


I have one feeder per 1.8m (6') of track for blocks larger than 1.8m.  Smaller blocks have a single feeder.

  • Like 1

Share this post

Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Create New...