i am trying to make a wiring-plan for something that is new to me. so far i did not come up with a solution, that seems to function. anybody wants to torture his brain a bit? what i did before, is run trains in circles, like in the first pic. one half of the trains is wired in reverse. the wiring was more or less like this: (there were variations, but i don’t want to sidetrack)
well, in reality it was more like this:
so far - no problem. but as a former sailor, living in a half-desert, i simply HAVE TO include a harbour into my layout. this harbour, as i vision it has two piers with two tracks each. the trains drive on one of the piers, then back up on to the other, before they resume their journey around the circle. so that the whole thing would be like this:
how to wire this “double wye” with sidings is what i am braining about. but it seems to be a real brainbuster. the system is simple analogue DC. i got more than enough turnout-motors and additional switches (double throw) and reed contacts avayable. (LGB and home-made clones) this is, what has to happen: let us pretend, that two trains (one normal, one reversed) are in the northern station. i already coloured the rails after the polarity needed.
the right, outer loop represents the connection with the rest of the layout. for better understanding i leave that out for the moment. one train leaves north-station, going into the main loop:
the other train reverses to south-station:
a train comes from the main loop into south-station:
the train, that had backed up into south-station leaves for the main loop:
the remaining train backs from south-station up into north-station:
a train from the main loop heads for north-station: (note - the polarity as shown in the pic has to be changed, before the train enters the station)
with that, the sequence begins to repeat itself:
the goal would be to wire this with less than a hundred wires. (on the other hand i would not like to let any reed activate more than two motors…) anybody willing to help my overloaded brain back on track?