Wired the double crossover switch and all 4 switches worked fine.  Then did a test run with an engine.  Engine died on the isolated crossover.  My understanding that the crossover is supposed to remain isolated.  I don't see anywhere to add separate power source.  Can the regular track power be used?  I could add the Atlas O power clips to all 4 tracks from the for different blocks or runs?  I also didn't see any grey wire.  

My understanding the double crossover came with everything needed to run.  Or does the 4 switch machines need a separate power source my MTH Z1000 and then the tracks on the DblX does not have to be isolated and Run with the regular track power on the MTH Z4000?

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One thought I had that didn't die of loneliness is the closure rails that form the two isolated triangles off the diamond. Those probably need to be tied to common as some MTH 3-2 steam locomotives could lose the common connection while traversing the section (one side of the locomotive is grounded and one side of the tender is grounded).

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Maybe slightly off-topic, but @AGHRMatt on an MTH Proto 3-2 loco: if you set the switch to the 3-rail position, doesn't that connect the grounds internally?  Is there any way to ground the driving wheels of a steam loco so equipped, or are they doomed to "float" in isolation for all time?

Creep, coast, and pull.  We're not talking about cold fusion here.

Ted S posted:

Maybe slightly off-topic, but @AGHRMatt on an MTH Proto 3-2 loco: if you set the switch to the 3-rail position, doesn't that connect the grounds internally?  Is there any way to ground the driving wheels of a steam loco so equipped, or are they doomed to "float" in isolation for all time?

Not on steam. The wheels remain isolated; the hot switches from the right to the center. We tried de-isolating a tender by reversing some of the wheels and it wasn't really effective.

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