Wiring Your Railroad – Conventional Switches and an Introduction to Command Control

27 06 2012

We continue to expand upon our layout wiring instructional series this week with several new pages. We’re finishing off conventional control and moving on into the realm of command control.

O-27 Switch

Constant voltage is better for switches too.

First, we finish off the conventional control wiring tips with instructions for converting all of your Lionel switches to constant voltage operation.

Instructions are shown for FasTrack, O-31 and O-27 type switches allowing you to reliably control your remote switches with a fixed 14 V power supply like the rest of your accessories. No more slow-throwing switches or melted switch stand lamps! These tips will help get you ready for your conversion to command control too if you decide to go that route.


Once you’ve tried LEGACY, you’ll never want to go back.

Next, we introduce command control. Probably the single greatest technology to hit toy trains since electricity, command control has revolutionized the hobby. While the actual installation and operation of these systems is very user-friendly, understanding the products and what you need to get started is often confusing. We hope these tutorials will help make sense of it all for you so you can make the most out of your trains without undue stress or expenses.

We start this week with the bare essentials. What is command control and how does it work? What do I need to get started? And step-by-step video instructions on setting up your LEGACY system. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be adding more features to expand on these basic set ups. We’ll have you throwing switches and operating accessories from your cab controller in no time, but first let’s get through the basics!



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