At a recent train show I attended with my buddy Engineer Ed I came across a vendor offering new in the box Bachmann Power Packs. Spotting these kick started a long dormant idea of adding some auxiliary power controls to certain parts of the layout. Having a long shelf and peninsula layout using stationary DC power controls switching certain locations on the layout was in short not very enjoyable. Walking back and forth to throw turnouts, disconnect cars, power up and change directions of engines was a turn off to using these switching areas. Instead of enjoying the operations at these location cars sat dormant for months at a time.
So after agreeing a price the purchase was made and another operations related model train project was born. The following day I sprung into action. Using two DPDT toggle switches from a Radio Shack closing sale and wire from an extension cord previously cut by my hedge trimmer the project progressed quite nicely. All wire connections were soldered for good electrical conductivity.
Let's take a look at project;