My orignal lay was 5 feet wide x 10 feet long know its still 5 feet x 15 feet. On the switches one switch is on inside and the other is on the out side so is it ok to have it like that and is ok to use one control. ThankyouI take it you added 63" to your old layout. Pic looks a lot bigger than 60X63.
Looks good to me. Not sure I understand your question about the switches.
Ok thankyouNow you have some long straight runs after the extension. There are a few S curves, the Gilbert trains will run through them but it is better to avoid s curves in main lines.
Ok thanksNow you have some long straight runs after the extension. There are a few S curves, the Gilbert trains will run through them but it is better to avoid s curves in main lines.
Thankyou your right my electricals skills arent the best thanyou for your advice stay safeWhere there is one you will need two so the trains can be re-reversed without backing up through the reverse loop. I enjoyed running AF trains for 60 years without reverse loops, but now that I have them I have grown to like them. You have enough room for them. They will mess up all your operating cars that have outside pickup shoes because the shoe will be on the wrong side after going through the reverse loop.
If you do decide to include reverse loops they should be longer than your longest train so that only the power to the reverse loop needs to be flipped, not the power to the balance of the layout. All four of mine are like that and four PSX-AR-AC electronic reverser boards make operation through them undetectable.
My advise at this point is to not put them in until you are comfortable you know how you want to operate the larger layout. You also need to be confident in your electrical and wiring skills. Reverse loops can complicate using semaphores, Talking Stations and the Tender mounted horn/whistle actuators. Come back in a year if you get bored and do mod 1 to add reverse loops.
Thankyou i will not have reverse loop didnt think of it untill someone asked cant remember who. Thanks stay safe.Mopac, you should tell us how you really feel about reverse loops!!! I said pretty much the same thing but with more details.
Before we hear from the HO and N gaugers, reverse loops with DCC and no Gilbert track actuated accessories are simple. Reverse loops in AC with 10A track block supplies and 5 or 10 Gilbert accessories connected that need a fixed Base Post reference are much harder to set up and wire. Not to mention the actuation shoes on the action cars end up on the wrong side.