Posted By Dean Whipple on 18 Aug 2012 11:49 AM
I have 1 pair of soldered feeder wires that supply power to approximately 400 plus feet of brass track. Most of my track has been down for more than a dozen years I solder jumper wires around all joints
I use Split-Jaw clamps on any sections of track that may need to be removed for maintenance such as switches and bridges, (I use jumper wires around switches as they are a weak link in conducting electricity) I am very happy with the Split-Jaw clamps, however as good as they are, over the years I have had to remove some of them and clean/remove oxidation to restore conductivity....
I have pretty much done what Dean suggests. My track has been down for 8 years or less (the railroad was started 8 years ago but has been expanded since so it is not all 8 years old). I have one pair of soldered feeders and about 500 foot of track. Rail clamps on all turnouts, etc. My railroad is split into two sections (about evenly) and I have two DCC boosters the supply everything. Everything works great 95% of the time. There are always some occasional problems.