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    Truthfully though, any of these suggestions work. I get the impression the original poster is not a big "electronics" person from the responses so far, which is 100% ok. Going with the Amazon plugs with wires already attached so they can just be screwed directly to terminal blocks may be the easiest overall.

    Leo -
    Thanks for your detailed response. You are correct - I'm not a big electronics person - never have been and at my age it's too late to try and catch up.

    The old layout I'm deconstructing was wired with terminals blocks and spades if that gives you (and the others) and indication of my limited knowledge. I do appreciate your comments about D-subs. That's kind of what I was looking for, but only largers. On the other hand the part numbers you provided links for will work great too. Don't know - do those come with a version that has a mounting flange or are they just free hanging connectors? As you can see I don't even know the correct words to search for them. Any additional comments will be very welcomed.

    Thanks a million !

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    Everything I’ve posted would be free hanging, except the power poles which have a mounting bracket available. There are lots of connectors available with screw mounts or flanges.

    Given what you said, I think I’m going to recommend this option I posted earlier: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FTG8GNF..._pUqiEbRETFVK6

    You can just connect the wires to a terminal block on each side, rated for 13 amps a wire so way more power than you need. No crimping, no soldering, no assembly. I’m sure searching amazon you can find other numbers of pins if you need more or less. Use a cable clamp to secure the wires so they hang down only an inch or so below your bench works ether will be easy to connect and disconnect and probably won’t be seen when your standing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bicknell View Post
    Given what you said, I think Iím going to recommend this option I posted earlier: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FTG8GNF..._pUqiEbRETFVK6
    Thanks again Leo for reposting your earlier recommendation. This is definitely one of the few option i'll consider.

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    check out automotive bullet connectors ... insulated solder type and cheap.
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    You might also look at telco amphenol cables? They are 25 pairs, all color coded uniquely. https://www.showmecables.com/cat3-25...o-50-male-open
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    Quote Originally Posted by gary60s View Post
    check out automotive bullet connectors ... insulated solder type and cheap.
    Guess I've been living in the woods too long . . . Not familiar with the term "bullet connectors". Please educate me.

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    google "automotive bullet connectors"
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    Mobile One - tiny pins !

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    While searching for something unrelated, I ran across these:

    http://www.surplussales.com/Computer...connect-2.html
    http://www.surplussales.com/Computer...connect-3.html

    May be a little pricey, but something I would consider if in a similar situation.
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    old computers have many good plugs in them maybe you can get a good used one free someplace . . there are many automotive type plugs on fleabay or even check newegg for some simple plugs with many wires.

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    Thank you one and all for all of your suggestions. I finally decided on some Molex multi pin connectors. On their way to me as we speak. Got some 4, 6 and 12 pin connectors. At least if they don't do the trick I'll have all these suggestions of your to back to and reconsider. Thanks a million everyone.
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    Hey guys - here'e what I got. Ordered some minis but will return them - they are too small and fragile for my intended us. The 12 pin has an .093 pin and also comes in a 2,4,6 etc. pin configuration. This 12 pin will work great for my turnouts as they are a three wire connections. Thanks again for all of your suggestions.
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    Maybe something like trailer lighting connections. Flat 4 pin plugs are cheap and can be bought anywhere auto parts are sold, even Walmart. Also 6 pin or 7 pin round connectors. Big and ugly but heavy duty and readily available. Good luck!
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    I used those 12 pin molex's on my first layout and found that they were tough to get apart. I've been impressed with these but you would need a line of them: https://www.amazon.com/Connector-Con.../dp/B01G6EAOZ4

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    A small amount of silicon lube on the shell of the molex will make them much easier to plug and unplug.
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    Thanks for the tip Bicknell

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