“Light bars for lighting cabooses or passenger cars can be made from 5mm LEDs and clear drinking straws. One in each end wired appropriately. The light carrying medium is 5 minute epoxy from one of those Loctite instant mix tubes. (One minute epoxy is too fast and sets in the mixing tube.) Squirt it into the straw, cap with the LED then cap the other end with the other LED. This is all much less expensive than lighting kits. With the new Evan Designs LEDs, no decoder is needed. Any voltage source works.
“The best tip I got when starting an HO layout,was to spend the extra cost for nickel silver track.
Sixty years on I got my train set out again, invested in new track etc. and off I went only to find I am not that clever.
I was trying to set up a continuous loop using four tracks but hit problems when I tried to put in a cross over to reverse direction.
See attached photo: I want to cross from “A” to “B” and inserted insulating fishplates at “C” but when the engine gets to the fishplates it stops ! !
Could I solve the problem by inserting “D”, adding insulating fishplates at each end and wiring in a parallel electric supply to that section ?
The points at either end are Hornby R8073 & R8072.
I have looked on the Internet but am getting more confused. Can you advise please.
Please excuse track spacing, I am only running single track and tried to gain as much space as possible.
Thanks in anticipation
So who can help Bernard?