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ModelTech ProTrack Power Feeder N

£6.00

The ProTrack Power Feeder offers a discrete solution for delivering power to your track and is supplied on a PCB fret which contains 12 feeders, these simply snap off at the perforations on the PCB substrate.

We recommend 22 AWG wire (16/0.2 mm strands / 0.5 mm2 diameter) for these track power feeders. Wire is available separately from us on this website.

Each kit includes 12 pieces, compatible with both DC and DCC layouts.

36 in stock (can be backordered)

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ModelTech – ProTrack Power Feeder N

Installing power feeds & droppers along sections of track can be a nightmare at times, often resulting in soldering wires to fish plate rail joiners before the track is laid, or soldering directly to the side of the rail after the track has been laid which can sometimes be unsightly if not done correctly. The main issue with soldering directly to the rail is that you find the plastic sleepers melt owing to excess heat (if you’re not careful), leaving the track unsupported in that area and often a very visible solder joint. Other methods include soldering to the underside of the rail, but all this needs to be planned before laying your track.

To overcome these problems, Gwion Davies at ModelTech has devised an elegant solution and manufactured these brilliant power feeder PCB’s to make our life so much easier. So now, even if track wiring was an after thought of your layout construction, or you are changing over to digital control and require more power droppers, you no longer need to worry!

The ProTrack Power Feeder offers a discrete solution for delivering power to your track and is supplied on a PCB fret which contains 10 feeders, these simply snap off at the perforations on the PCB substrate.

To install simply remove a sleeper from your track at the desired location, slide and position the feeder under the rails and partially drill through the baseboard at the wire solder pads (the holes) with a small drill bit to mark the baseboard – or you can use a drawing pin which is probably quicker and easier. Remove the feeder and drill through the baseboard with a drill bit slightly larger in diameter to the wire you are using for your droppers. Now slide the Power Feeder in to place, and poke the wires through from underneath the baseboard before soldering in to place on the feeder PCB solder pads. Cut the excess wire flush and you’re now ready to connect the track dropper to your track bus wires from underneath the baseboard. To secure the power feeder in to place you will next need to solder the base of the rails to the power feeder, this both secures the feeder in place and also provides power to that section of track.

The power feeder can be safely painted over and weathered to conceal it from view. ModelTech has designed these feeders to have similar dimensions to N scale sleepers, so once painted you’d struggle to find them.

We recommend 22 AWG wire (16/0.2 mm strands / 0.5 mm2 diameter) for track power feeds / droppers, leading on to a track bus consisting of a minimum of 20 AWG (24/0.2 mm / 0.75 mm2 diameter). Larger layouts will require heavier bus wire such as 18 – 16 AWG (32/0.2 mm – 30/0.25 mm / 1 – 1.5 mm2 diameter) to cope with the extra current draw and voltage drop.

Each kit includes 12 pieces, compatible with both DC and DCC layouts.

 

ModelTech - ProTrack Power Feeder N

Installing power feeds & droppers along sections of track can be a nightmare at times, often resulting in soldering wires to fish plate rail joiners before the track is laid, or soldering directly to the side of the rail after the track has been laid which can sometimes be unsightly if not done correctly. The main issue with soldering directly to the rail is that you find the plastic sleepers melt owing to excess heat (if you're not careful), leaving the track unsupported in that area and often a very visible solder joint. Other methods include soldering to the underside of the rail, but all this needs to be planned before laying your track.

To overcome these problems, Gwion Davies at ModelTech has devised an elegant solution and manufactured these brilliant power feeder PCB's to make our life so much easier. So now, even if track wiring was an after thought of your layout construction, or you are changing over to digital control and require more power droppers, you no longer need to worry!

The ProTrack Power Feeder offers a discrete solution for delivering power to your track and is supplied on a PCB fret which contains 10 feeders, these simply snap off at the perforations on the PCB substrate.

To install simply remove a sleeper from your track at the desired location, slide and position the feeder under the rails and partially drill through the baseboard at the wire solder pads (the holes) with a small drill bit to mark the baseboard - or you can use a drawing pin which is probably quicker and easier. Remove the feeder and drill through the baseboard with a drill bit slightly larger in diameter to the wire you are using for your droppers. Now slide the Power Feeder in to place, and poke the wires through from underneath the baseboard before soldering in to place on the feeder PCB solder pads. Cut the excess wire flush and you're now ready to connect the track dropper to your track bus wires from underneath the baseboard. To secure the power feeder in to place you will next need to solder the base of the rails to the power feeder, this both secures the feeder in place and also provides power to that section of track.

The power feeder can be safely painted over and weathered to conceal it from view. ModelTech has designed these feeders to have similar dimensions to N scale sleepers, so once painted you'd struggle to find them.

We recommend 22 AWG wire (16/0.2 mm strands / 0.5 mm2 diameter) for track power feeds / droppers, leading on to a track bus consisting of a minimum of 20 AWG (24/0.2 mm / 0.75 mm2 diameter). Larger layouts will require heavier bus wire such as 18 - 16 AWG (32/0.2 mm - 30/0.25 mm / 1 - 1.5 mm2 diameter) to cope with the extra current draw and voltage drop. Wire is available separately from us here: https://www.marks-trains.co.uk/product-category/electrical/layout-bus-wire/

Each kit includes 12 pieces, compatible with both DC and DCC layouts.

Additional information

Weight 0.06 kg
Dimensions 120 × 80 × 50 mm
Brand

ModelTech

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