A reversing loop is a section of track that does two things, both necessary for the description: it brings a train back through a diverging route that rejoins rails just left, but it is also necessary that the power transferring axles on the rolling item that regains the original track have axles astride what amount to opposite polarities in close proximity to each other...such as at a frog point, or at the points rails when power is routed that way.What is a reverse loop and can someone define the difference between the two insulfrog vs electrofrog?
Ok, now I'm confused. All turnouts are #6 PECO Insulfrog 2 LH and 2 RH. I ran the train to the staging side, and it stopped. Once i connected the 2nd cab to the staging track it started again. So I guess it isolating the current. So I wanted to have the train continue to move into the stage track. So I would need some other switch and another wire from the controller to the switch to the stage track and only flip the switch when using it?You can either use a turnout which has a non-powered frog, like the Peco Isulfrog or you can cut gaps in the rail just behind the turnout on the side track. You would then run two wires from your transformer through a double pole, double throw (DPDT) switch. The wires from the DPDT switch would then be soldered, one to each rail, on the side track. You would flip the switch one way to provide power to the side track and the other way to cut power to the side track. If you go to DCC, you would then leave the track powered all the time since the locomotive control will come from the DCC power center rather than the turnout.
Ok, now this make sense. THANK YOU ALL for your postings. I just have to think like electricity. This is such a cool hobby, much to learn.OK, I guess I misunderstood. If you just want to spot trains on that siding and not run anything there, the Insulforg turnout is all you need since lining the switch for the main will shut off power to the siding. If you want to have trains moving on both tracks you will need two transformers, with the wires from one connected to the siding track right behind the turnout. You won't need a DPDT switch because the second transformer will act as a a switch when you have it on or off.
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