Solder power tap to train track
Here’s how I solder a tap to a model train track. This method is called tack
To show how well this works, this is a section of very old very dirty rail.
Look how black the rail is with tarnish. This makes soldering very difficult.
Using a sharp small scraper, I scrape rail side clean and shiny.
If you do a lot of soldering, buy some good non-corrosive solder flux. People
Fluxing the solder point is a good idea, although with a good multi-core
I use wet sponges to prevent tie melting while soldering. This is the most
Put a big dot of solder on a clean tip and heat the rail quickly. As soon as
Make a solder dot on rail. This should be a good sized dot.
This is what a properly prepared rail will look like.
Tin the lead well with fresh solder.
Properly tinned lead ready to form.
Form the tinned lead in a hook. This will let you place a flat area against
Tack solder by sweating the lead to the dot on rail.
This is a finished tack soldered joint. Notice nothing melted, not the wire
Pull on lead to make sure it is mechanically bonded. You should be able to