I have one signal left to install today. I had two DZ-1060's and DZ-1075's however the yellow wire on one D-1060 broke (my fault) so I opted to take the black electrical wire off the sensor and install the signal by simply connecting power and com to the respective terminals. I will use the DZ-1075 with the the last signal.
I was going to start wiring lights next but decided to hold off since I don't know how I am going to layout my town streets yet nor do I have a design for the section that will hold my refinery. I still need to build structures for the town and surroundings plus the refinery so I will add the assembly of these to this thread.
I will wire the lights for the buildings I have on the layout but that is just simple power/gnd connections so not worth reporting on this thread other to say all my lights are 12-18VDC/AC, even the Model Power/Lionel LED versions. I have a dedicated 10W 12VDC power supply which should run all lights on the layout. I have toyed with the idea of adding one of the various lighting systems like Woodland Scenics Just Plug or another manufacturer's (can't remember who) Genie system but I am already set up with a system. I know the Just Plug system starts out at 24VAC and by the time one gets to the actual output for the lights it ends up at 16VDC. The lights have resistors to knock the voltage down to the required 3VDC. I may try one light with my system by simply cutting off the plug it comes with and see how it does with the 12VDC
In the meantime I am going to run trains for the enjoyment plus figure out where I need to add more power drops before I commit to ballast. Normally one would 'follow nature' and do scenery first then ballast. Since I will need to walk and crawl over the layout to add ballast, if I do it this way a lot of scenery is going to be messed up. So ballast comes first.