I'm in the planning stages of designing a new control panel for my layout. I need some suggestions on some wiring items. My ideas/ questions are as follows:
1. Terminal Blocks for switch controllers. I have Lionel Fastrack (Command control 036 switches/072 Wyes) I'm going to use the manual controllers and an AIU for control of the switches. I'm looking into an easy way to connect all of the wires from each switch controller to both the AIU and the switch itself. Would using 2 blocks like this work? I'll eventually have 11 controllers on my panel.
2. Quick Connect/Disconnects for switches. In using my CC switches I'd like to have a way to (semi) quickly connect/disconnect the switch from the layout in case I need to work on it. Would connectors like this do the trick?
3. Ring Terminals for terminal blocks. In an effort to keep my wiring from looking like a rats nest I'd like to use ring terminals for connections I really won't mess with (ie from switch controller to terminal block and from terminal block to AIU/Switch) I'm looking at these. Thoughts?
4. Manual control of track/passing siding power. I think I'm going to go with the Atlas HD Connector for manual control of power to my siding in addition to my AIU. I need ring terminals to connect to the screw terminals on the connector. Would the ones I listed above work for this or is there something better?
5. Banana Plugs for TIU. I'm using some plugs from Amazon and I don't like them. The wires come out of the plugs and they spin in the holes of the TIU. Thoughts on something better?
Also, it's a little unrelated but I figured I'll throw it in. This is the power strip I'm going to mount to the back of my panel. Thoughts on it? I'm terrible at lining up nails or screws on the ones that mount from the back so I can't screw it up here.
Thanks for your recommendations. I want this panel to be as good as I can possibly to make it. Btw, I'm using an MRC pure power dual for track power. MTH DCS (Remote but will get the Wifi soon) and Legacy (with Wifi) for command control.