Acme should have what you want:
Bill's Railroad Empire
N Scale Model Railroad:
Brief History of N Scale:
Model Railroad Books, Toys, and Trains:
Resources--Links to 1,200 sites:
Radio Shack also sells a part called a barrier jumper. See:
http://www.radioshack.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId 32289&cp 32058.2032231&allCount&fbc=1&f=PAD%2FCable+Type%2FBarrier+jumper&fbnΚble+type%2FBarrier+jumper
It is inserted into one side of the barrier strips, and jumpers as many
terminal pairs together as you need by cutting the jumper strip to the
needed length. You can attach your feed under one terminal, and the loads
under as many others as you need. You can attach a wire between the screws
and the jumper, as well as on the terminal screws opposite the jumper, so
three barrier strip terminal pairs could serve one incoming wire and five
distribution feeders. Or for super neatness, put all the distribution
feeders on the side opposite the jumper strip, but this uses more barrier
strip terminal pairs. Geezer
Radio Shack also carries bus bars that can be used to tie the
terminals of a barrier strip together, turning it into a
distribution strip. The bus bars come sized for the 8 terminal
barrier strip, but it's easy to shorten for 2, 4, and 6 terminal
strips with a pair of side cutters.
The catalog number is 274-650, and so far they haven't dropped it
from the few parts they still carry.
Not knowing where you live, you might try looking in the phonebook for
electronic part stores. Here in San Antonio there a couple of stores
besides Radio Shack. I have used these stores to get wire, terminal
strips, dioes and other electronic parts needed to help build a friend's
HO layout. In fact I found these stores not only alot cheaper but with
a bigger selection than Radio Shack.
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in article firstname.lastname@example.org, Fred Ellis at email@example.com wrote on
11/26/06 8:49 PM:
I assume by your description that you are looking for a "power distribution
strip," rather than a "terminal block." PDS takes one set of inputs and
duplicated it to a number of outputs (like track power (DC or DCC)); TB's
connect one input to one output; you can jumber the outputs if you want to
turn on of those into a PDS.
Look at the following page:
Which has both types. There are probably different and cheaper sources, but
it looks like one of those Miniatronics devices is what your are seeking.
Electronics shops (well some) can supply a brass 'comb' that slots into
one side of the normal electric "chocolate block" to make a distribution
block. Alternatively, use short wire "U" pieces to link all one side of
the terminals to make your own. It takes a few minutes to convert each
block but the ready made alternatives can be very pricy.
Is it for DCC or how is it used? Do you have a usage diagram? What
loading from and to? Without knowing these things a directly connected
soldered wire properly shrink tubed or coated can`t be beat in
connectivity or price. Just use different collored lead and feeds for
each bay and document.
Greg Procter wrote:
Slightly off your original question, let me recommend that you consider the
white nylon "European"-type terminal strips offered by Radio Shack (and
others) instead of the traditional "US"-type black bakelite barrier terminal
strip. Having just added signals to an old portable layout where I had used
barrier strips, and a new layout where I used the Euro strips, the latter
have many advantages:
o The nylon is slightly flexible and tough, so is less likely to
break, where the bakelite is quite brittle and twisting a misplaced
screwdriver blade can break off parts of the barriers.
o The ring around the hole with the screw guides your screwdriver and
keeps it centered on the screw, which is a huge benefit when working on your
back up under a layout where the lighting is not always good.
o Placing a short, straight end of a wire into the hollow tube is
much easier than forming a hook on the end of the wire and getting it around
the screw between the barriers.
o Adding a second wire to a terminal tube is much easier than adding
a second wire around a screw while not displacing the first wire.
I am not aware of prefab jumper strips for the Euro style terminal strips to
meet your needs for fanning out a circuit, but it is easy to make a series
of "U"s from short scrap pieces of wire to use as jumpers. Geezer
I have found a source for a jumper for Barrier strips at Radio shack.
We no longer have Radio Shack in Canada. At least not in Kinston
Ontario. The same stores are now called The Source and even though they
carry the same Barrier strips as Radio Shack, they don't carry the
jumpers. I have sent the company Head Office an email asking why. I'm
sure they will stock their stores immediately LOL !!!
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