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I have finally gotten to the point of putting a layout together. Train table is constructed, plywood and homasote is down, along with track loosely to make sure connections fit. Next big step is wiring and power. I am using a zwl to power the track and accessories. Plan is to run legacy, lionchief and/or conventional lionel trains with fastrack command control switches.  Before jumping into next step, I have a couple of questions:

1.  I am going to wire the track to power distribution boards for each channel of transformer. The A channel will be for legacy and lionchief. I know that I need to set that channel to 18v each time I turn on the transformer. I was going to wire the D channel for any trains that run on conventional power - childhood trains.  Is this correct? B and C channels will be for accessories.

2. the fastrack switches come with the remote control throw switch already attached. For command control (plan is to use lcs and wire the switches to an smt2) do I simply remove the remote control throw switch from the four connections underneath the switch?

3. if i want to be able to also use the remote control throw switches, can i leave them in place and just attach the wiring for the stm2?

4. Is there a simple way to extend the wiring for the remote control throw switches? Some of my switches are much further from my control area than the length of the wiring on the controller.

Thanks for your help.

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I'm also using a ZW-L and Fastrack on my layout with the Fastrack remote/command switches. I've been pretty happy with everything so far.

1.  I am going to wire the track to power distribution boards for each channel of transformer. The A channel will be for legacy and lionchief. I know that I need to set that channel to 18v each time I turn on the transformer. I was going to wire the D channel for any trains that run on conventional power - childhood trains.  Is this correct? B and C channels will be for accessories.

The ZW-L is basically 4x powerhouses and 4x power masters in a single package. Each output channel can be assigned a track ID and controlled completely via your CAB1/CAB2 remote. Documentation for this starts on page 19 of the ZW-L manual. You may want to power your switches separately from one of your accessory terminals - they need 5-18V which doesn't mesh super well with conventional running.

2. the fastrack switches come with the remote control throw switch already attached. For command control (plan is to use lcs and wire the switches to an smt2) do I simply remove the remote control throw switch from the four connections underneath the switch?

I left the remotes connected on my layout so I can throw switches via my #990 remote, non-derailing feature, or via the individual switch remotes. One thing to note is that the connected remotes don't change position with the switch when it throws by other means, so you will sometimes need to flip the remote handle up and then down (or vice versa) to get it to throw.

3. if i want to be able to also use the remote control throw switches, can i leave them in place and just attach the wiring for the stm2?

I haven't done this but I don't see why not. I imagine the STM2 just needs the out and through wires and maybe a ground?

4. Is there a simple way to extend the wiring for the remote control throw switches? Some of my switches are much further from my control area than the length of the wiring on the controller.

I've read that telephone wire is a pretty good option but again, haven't used it myself.

The terminal strip connections that just go from grey wire cable in parallel with the black wire from the controller are now command switches. That's why there are no wires going to the SC-2 on them. There are actually 18 switches...the picture just shows one side of the under control board area.

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