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Yes, all 550 feet of my track has track drops about every six-eight feet, at last talley, I had about 85 drops.  All the command controlled switches have home runs back to the panel, and the turntable has sixteen whisker tracks, each is wired through a TMCC SC2 for individual control.

Yes, there is a lot of wire, but I'm not seeing any special issues maintaining it.

On my RR I have a large quantity of 10 ga, 12 ga, 14 ga and 18ga of wire on a fairly large layout with zero maintenance issues.

Yes it does take some time to hang it safely and connect it securely and no I am not finished but I am done.

Several of my peninsula additions do not have an inch of wire so my growing assortment of battery r/c locos have a designated play area.

If I was starting over again there are two things I would change:

1.- The layout would be smaller and simpler.

2.- I would only use full featured battery R/C power.

Last edited by Tom Tee

My main layout isn't all that big, but every O22/711 switch and UCS are backfed as track power feeders, and each block generally has traditional soldered feeders every 4 to 6 or so track sections. I use big box store stranded 14 AWG wire as the main bus with 18 or 20 gauge feeders. Maintenance of this setup is essentially non-existent except for running the occasional track cleaning train, and gosh - running a train seems to be one of the main goals!

I would never consider BPRC as it is now over traditional track power, but lets not further derail this tangent.

@Rich Melvin posted:

Just curious...where did the term "whisker tracks" come from? I have never seen that term before. It's not used in the 12-inch-to-the-foot world anywhere that I know of.

I can't honestly say Rich, but I've heard it used for years, and I'm just following suit.  You'll have to ask the guys that I took my lead from where they came up with the term.

I did a search and tons of people including folks like Millhouse use the term, note item #3.

Here's a real RR reference:


And of course, Ross also calls them Whisker tracks.

Ross Custom Switches Turntables

From that page?

These guys are compatible with Lionel Legacy in so many ways and its cool as heck. Use the Legacy/TMCC handheld, or download the Lionel turntable app to your IPad and watch the bridge rotate to any track simply by TOUCHING THE WHISKER TRACK POPULATED ON THE SCREEN!  Too cool for school!


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It's not hard to run up the wire usage with any decent size layout.  Mine is certainly not "huge", the main platform is 24 x 12, and I have the 12 foot yard extension.  I haven't tallied up the wire used, but I went through two spools of 500 feet of wire and needed more.   That doesn't count any of the smaller gauge wire that goes to switches and control panels, etc.

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I can't honestly say Rich, but I've heard it used for years, and I'm just following suit...

Interesting. I've heard them referred to as "garden tracks" or "turntable leads" with a number assigned, but never "whisker tracks." Learn something new every day.

In the real world, every track has a name and/or a number, just as all streets have names or numbers.

Last edited by Rich Melvin

Whisker tracks has shown up on the forum before.  A quick google search confirms that.  I have heard the term a lot, but always in a model/toy train discussion.  Probably started by someone whose cat jump up on the train table by the turntable and they saw a comparison between the cats whiskers and the turntable tracks.

I am setting up my “whisker tracks” using ASC2s.

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