Dispatcher Panel for "Concept" Layout
I am building a "concept" layout to demonstrate some alternate techniques for wiring model railroad control systems. The main element is my" Dispatcher Panel" which provides status of turnouts and blocks using small LEDs. The overall control system uses the MTH DCS system components along with various custom designed power distribution, protection and relay networks.
The Dispatcher Panel is designed as a single module that interfaces with the overall system. Every component in the system is designed to be interconnected as modules that comprise a "plug and play" system. Custom cables are used to interconnect each piece. The advantage of this system is that different components can be quickly connected or disconnected and/or rearranged as the layout is expanded. This also helps troubleshooting and making upgrades and changes.
All the modules are built using color coded wiring and are supported by comprehensive wiring diagrams.
For example I have created a diagram which documents the Dispatcher Panel wiring. This is a PDF attachment. Notice that all wiring is color coded and tagged.