End2end wrote:Perhaps, and please excuse my naievity, on DC it seems (to me anyway) more like being a signal man with all the sections??
I use DC for my 1930s branch line. I only run one loco at a time. The layout is a single track 'L' shaped end-to-end, so any more would be difficult to control safely, and almost certainly, non-prototypical. Initially, I had most of the layout permanently connected to the track power, with a few sidings isolated by switches. Later, I changed things slightly by connecting one rail of each isolating siding to the frog of the points leading in to it. Now, I don't need to operate any switches to isolate or de-isolate sidings; the points do the job. I just operate points where necessary, and run trains.
Presumably, even DCC users have to change points occasionally.
I don't suggest that DC should be used for all layouts. What I do believe is that for some smaller layouts, DC works very well. If I had the opportunity to have a larger, more complex layout, then I would almost certainly consider DCC.