Wiring Your Railroad – Putting It All Together

18 07 2012

We’ve covered a lot of ground in our wiring articles. So it’s good to take a step back and see the big picture. This week we thought we’d do just that.

Now that you know about all the controllers and their capabilities, what does it really take to convert a railroad to command control? Every layout is different, and even if they weren’t the operators would be, so there is no quick recipe for mixing up the perfect command control package. We do however have lots of great ingredients that you can blend together for yourself.


So what does it really take to convert something like this to command control?

To get you started, we’ve created a “typical” layout – if there is such a thing!

Our sample layout contains most of the common features on classic Lionel train platforms – multiple continuous running loops (with connecting crossovers), sidings, a yard, even a turntable and roundhouse. We’ll walk you through this platform step-by-step to show you what you’d need for power, switch control, and accessories. While it is true you’ll need to attach more than just the one wire from your LEGACY base to get complete command control, we think you’ll be surprised at how easy it still is to add all of these features. Take a look!

Like our other pages, this one too features a how-to video, so if you’d like to get started just check this out:

We also snuck in one more accessory page this week. Just to prove you can equip anything to run on TMCC and LEGACY, we’ve converted a turntable (from Atlas O). Whether you have one of these on your layout, apply the techniques to another motorized accessory, or just have a curiosity, we think you’ll find this quick project enjoyable.

We hope you’ve enjoyed and learned a little something from these pages. We’ll continue to add new information and ideas on wiring and other projects in the future. In the mean time, as always, if you have any questions please feel free to ask. You can send comments via any of these blog pages or contact our Customer Service Department directly at TALKTOUS@Lionel.com or call (586) 949-4100.



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