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Reply to "Moving layout -what to do with wiring?"

The modular clubs move their layouts all the time and the electrical connections are a critical component of the inter-connection standards.   Color coding and reliable connectors are key to building module wiring harnesses but the harnesses are a PITA to build.  My holiday show layouts have a lot of switch and accessory connections (outside the standard harness) and I find color coded wires and terminal blocks to be the fastest way to reconnect everything 11 months later.

I would break the wiring at each layout section (a module) and connect the wires to a terminal block at edge of the section.  Label the block.  When you reassemble, jumper the adjacent terminal blocks together.

I have tried Euro-style terminal blocks but find that stranded wire often works loose.  Spade terminals have proved reliable but unless the wires are color coded, I sometimes cross connect during assembly.  (may not be an issue for a once in a decade reassembly).  I now use barrier blocks with labels if the wire colors are not unique.  Get a good crimp tool and use ring and fork crimp terminals to connect to the terminal blocks.  Note that crimp terminals have to be sized for the terminal block.

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