While waiting for the weekend to come and my second batch of plywoods (order sent), I decided to put down on print the standards that I am adopting on my layout – both as a reference for myself and for those who would like to adopt some forms of standards.
I am following the recommendations from NEM as well as the best practices (after consulting many expert modellers in both HO- and N-scale). You might be wondering why all the fuss over conforming to some standards and take the fun off model railroading. Well, better to take the fun off now than to take the fun off later. I have read many have operational issues on their layouts due to poor track laying, poor wirings, etc. It would be difficult to fix the problems once you have all the ballast and landscapes on top of the modules / benchworks.
I will add more as I go along. For now, these are the standards needed for me to complete the modules, track laying and track wiring for DCC.
Reference for converting American Wire Gauge (AWG) to sq. mm cross section.