@Canes RR posted:
While a good deal of this thread is over my head,...
I am a novice at this hobby and when I started this trolley project had no idea what I was getting into. Everything in this chain would have been over my head. But with help from this forum I have learned much and gained much confidence. There are two things to note:
1. There are different ways to achieve your goal. These are discussed early in the chain. Stan worked with me to use all the pieces I already owned and do so inexpensively.
2. Availability and cost of parts The key element in my set up is the Lionel 153 IR which will operate many different operating accessories on many brands of trains. Google it for a full description. I began my project when I had only one 153ir. When I planned only two stops as you do, I knew I needed another which I found on eBay for under $50.00. When I decided to add a third stop I needed another. Both my local hobby shop and Amazon offered the product for less than $50.00 I’ve waited for months and finally turned to eBay once more. Since you are apparently starting from scratch, you can probably spend less. The AC/DC and timer modules were cheap ($4 each) but took 3 & 1/2 months to ship from China.
My message to you is meant to be encouraging. You can do it! There are plenty of folks on this forum who will offer whatever assistance you may need.