Wiring Wunderland

As the wiring continues I’ve been looking for ways to keep it as neat as possible.

Wiring continues on the back of the second control cabinet

On my surfing travels, in search of examples, I came across the website for Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg. This epic German project has a typically technical Germanic attention to detail and neatness. The site is well worth a look at for all sorts of reasons. One of their wiring techniques, in particular, caught my eye.

Stapling the track section wires to the underneath of the layout
Stapling the track section wires to the underneath of the layout.

Up until now I’ve been using plastic cable clips, hammered into place, to keep the wires tidy. This isn’t the easiest of techniques to use when you’re scrabbling about under the layout. The guys at Miniatur Wunderland are using metal staples to attach both cable ties and the cables themselves directly to the baseboards.

Stapling the wires is quick and easy
Stapling the wires is quick and easy.

As I already have a staple gun, I immediately thought this would be easier to handle than a hammer, as my black thumbnail will testify to. I’m sure they are not the only people to secure their wiring this way, but it is the first time I’ve come across it.

Wires all labelled on the Lenz LS150 and LDT RS-8
Wires emerging from the back of the control cabinet are now all labelled on the Lenz LS150 and LDT RS-8.

The LED headlight
The LED headlight.

While I’m on the subject of wiring, I found this gizmo recently. The LED headlight. It’s really useful when I’m wiring in the half-light under the layout.

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