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497 Coaling Station Question

I want to run the 497 coaling station independently of track power.  I know the wiring diagram for fixed voltage operation as outlined in the manual.  My track power will be an MTH Z-1000.  I don't want the Z-1000 track power to have anything to do with the operation of the coaling station.  I will be using Williams dump cars which will dump using track power, but I want the coaling station to be powered by a separate AC power source, like an old KW.  

My question is this, since the track touches the coaling station base, is there any problem with stray voltage affecting the Z-1000 ?

I think I may have answered my own question.  Why can't I simply insulate the track from the coaling

station ?   

So how would I power the station ?  The single conductor coming out of the 497 controller goes to a lettered terminal on a transformer.  Do I run a wire from the frame of the station to the "U" terminal ?

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