If you end up doing many upgrades and repairs, you will likely run into situations where it would be really nice to be able to crimp new pins onto wiring. If you price the crimping tools, sticker shock QUICKLY sets in, they're $400-500 for a single style of connector! Clearly, I'm not going to invest around $2,000 for the tools to do the various connector families! I have been keeping my eye out for a tool that will do these crimps, and finally I spotted one that had decent reviews and seemed to cover the sizes I wanted to use. Since I have the pins, I dug out the pins for the Lionel 2.54mm connectors and the common Legacy 1.5mm connectors as a good sampling. I did a couple of sample crimps of each with the new tool, and I can say that I think it's a keeper! They may not be quite as neat as the $500 tool, but they're close! This hopefully ends a quest that I've had for some time.
Here's a sample of the crimps, and here's the tool that did them: Engineer PA-09 Micro Connector Crimpers