Hi, All. Life time 3 Railer, long time forum lurker, first time poster. I'm going to post more of an intro in the layout section about my past, current, and future layouts, but for now I had a few questions I hope to get some help with. Or at least pointed in the right direction.
My last layout (in 2006, basement layout approximately 25'x15') was all conventional control with blocks and that was pretty straight forward compared to the options that are out there today.
I've been researching the Lionel Legacy control system and I'm still trying to digest all the info. I've poured over the archives here on the forums and watched YouTube videos 'til my eye glazed over but I'm unsure of what I need.
I've attached my layout for reference.
I want conventional control on both loops so the crossovers between the loops and the sidings will need to be insulated but I have Legacy engines as well so I want to run them on all loops when not using the conventional engines.
I'd love to get suggestions on what pieces would make the most sense to power and control the layout. I know I need the Legacy Command set to start with but that's as far as I am. I'm not sure what combination of other pieces will get me where I want to go. I don't think I need the Block Power Controller just yet - I'd be OK with using a simple toggle switch set up for the sidings. Do I need a Powerhouse for each isolated section? What's the difference between the 180W Powerhouse and 180WPowermaster? (I think the Powermaster will give me the conventional control through the CAB remote.)
Any input on equipment & wiring or suggestions on reading materials would be greatly appreciated.