My Manchester Intermodal Service Center- MISC has a troubled past.
Those who follow my posts know that during construction the possibility of moving occurred-but it didn’t happen.
And I stopped constructing with longevity as my primary agenda..
And that has led to my problem
I run parallel power feeders to independent blocks of track.
I alternate the Z-4000 throttles to each block.
Now that I’ve rebuilt my power distributor center, and have SPST toggles to individually turn off each block-I have found that Toggle 1 Throttle 1 and Toggle 3 Throttle 2 controlled the same block of track.
I went searching my memory for the locations of the track block separating points…
I found an MTH ISOLATION SECTION..where the rails were touching
which defeated removing the 3 wires underneath.
So I took my side cutters and small hammer and persuaded them apart
I just tested my Toggles and the issue seems resolved.
But just in case, the MOW crew will take a dremel cutoff wheel to that gap-and improve the situation.
My question-how many model railroaders don’t bother with independent track blocks?
The BB DCS companion recommendation was for parallel feeders with only isolated center rails..but I chose to completely isolate all 3 rails.
Am I losing the benefit of a redundant return path for the DCS Engine reply through the rails?
And what remedy exists for the dreaded Engine start up, when I flip a toggle switch on?
It seems using these SPST toggles has an unwanted action that defeats the purpose of turning off track blocks.