I have finally finished building my layout table, and have laid my outer loop of track, and am fleshing out lengths, edge spacings, etc...
This loop is approx. 34 ft long, and is temporarily being powered by one by one, single power drop.
However, it will eventfully be divided up into three power blocks, two approx. 14 ft long, and one much shorter, approx. 6 ft block which will contain the two Regular 11 crossover switches, leading into and out of the inner loop.
I had originally planned for two power drops for those two longer blocks, one at each end. However, seeing that the entire 34 ft loop is currently running fairly well with one power drop, and that all my locos run pretty well with that:
I am wondering if these blocks might be suitably powered by one, single, centered, power drop, rather that the two, one at each end of those sections, that I had originally planed for.
Note: These blocks are, again, approx 14 ft long and have approx 10 track joints each.
Does this make sense, or should these blocks still have two power drops?
I want to keep things as simple as I can, but I don't want to risk functionality for simplicity.
Attached, is a pic of my full table and outer loop, as well as a pic of the Transformer and Controls center.
You will notice to groups of four toggle switches, and one group of 9 toggle switches, that will control all power blocks.
1. The left group of four will control the outer loop, shown in the other pic.
2. The group of four to the right will control the inner loop, not yet installed.
3. The right most group of none, will control all of the sidings
The left most toggle in each group is a DPDT switch for selecting transformer control or full direct power from the brick.
Trans former control for all Lionel, conventional and Lion Chief locomotives.
Direct power from the brick is for powering all MTH DCS locomotives with the cleanest, available, sine wave of current.