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Old 24-01-2017, 08:27 AM   #1
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Default P.S.L. Guide Books.

Not sure if these are still in print today. They are well worth a look. Especially good is the P.S.L. Guide To Model Railway Wiring. Though the book is or was written for D.C. wiring, some principles also lend themselves to DCC as to just link track to dropper wires is never quite that simple! (Though DCC is outside the scope of the book).
If into DC this book is almost a must have.
The book sets out ten principles that guide the modeller to good ways of wiring to avoid potential problems, and also get the most out of a DC layout. A good DC should run like a DCC layout if careful positioning of track sections and isolating sections be worked out.
(Of course, DCC has the extras in the form of lights and sound etc and normally (But not always) cuts down on wiring).
Will give an example of one of the ten rules.
Always feed the toe end of a point.

It is principles that when put into practice makes wiring simple and straightforward on even the more complex layouts!

The other P.S.L. Guides as equally as good, so if you see them going at a reasonable price and you can afford them, they are well worth a buy!
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Yes, but surprising how many don't know. Though they usually find that one out by themselves sooner or later!
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Don't have that one. If I see one going cheap one day I'll grab it.
Recently had a major book clear out. Thought I'd parted with my PSL guide to wiring when I moved to DCC. So glad I didn't though. It is not that I can't wire myself. It is more that little ideas and rules in the book bring out the edge in ones layout.
What I find is strange, is friends layouts I've seen in DC have been wired rather trainset like. One layout that had been in exhibition use wasn't, but was wired odd, in that it just didn't gel. It had track sections in all the wrong places to hold trains where one needs them etc.
Surprising how a few simple rules make a big difference.
(I think for most people it is where DCC comes in handy in that one does not have to consider sectioning off in zones if one does not understand wiring. Not saying DCC is easier but saying it can be for some).

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