If this isn’t too much of a newbie question I’d appreciate any thoughts or guidance from the community.
So it seems I have reached the limits of the starter pack / 72w DC power supplies for my 3 “main” layout with one interconnecting section where trains can go from one to the other. Layout currently is U-shaped with a 4x10 table to the north with 0-36 figure 8; 4x6 table to the south with 0-36 loop, and a 3x5 table along the west connecting the two. An O-48 mainline loop around the outer edges of the entire setup. The 3x5 connector also has an interchange on the 3x5 that allows interchange among the loops. I don’t have enough track sections in the free version of Railmodeller to give a diagram of this mess.
We are only running LionChief / LC+/ LC+ 2.0 engines, but I would like to be able to run 3 or 4 at the same time. Each loop is powered by its own little wall wart but I am starting to see some issues with coupler operations, passenger car lighting, etc.
Since I really don’t have plans to run conventional (and have no other engines) and don’t have the $$ to obtain and run scale or complicated engines, what is the power upgrade path where we just want to have adequate track power for 3-4 LC type engines?
It seems like a 180w PowerHouse brick with some type of direct lockon or direct feed would be better than what I have, but how to do it and whether I have this right are my big stumbling blocks. I have done some research and searching, but haven’t been able to find discussions where there isn’t any real interest in going to the TMCC / DCS / other types of advance controls.
Thanks for any help -