First of all, I understand your points here, and don't necessarily disagree
with them. Before MT announced their turnouts, there were a lot of
discussions on this forum about turnouts and many of those discussions talked
about the advantages of power routing turnouts. At the time, I didn't really
see an advantage to them. I was used to using insolated joiners and having
separate power feeds for siding and yard tracks. That is part of the reason I
never jumped on Wright turnouts. But, at the time, there was a lot of
praise and call for power routing. And, it does have its advantages.
As for powering through the points, you are right, the locomotives could
just pass right through. But, a lot of lighter rolling stock could not. A
lesson that I have learned (or failed to learn, depending how you look at it)
at several train shows. Usually when there was a crowd of larger scalers
around. The best practice is to remember to set both switches. Maybe the
power routing switches will do a better job of conditioning people to do this.
I personally don't mind the Marklin turnouts. I plan on using them, mostly
because I have about 40 of them and see no reason to buy different ones.
However, they do have their own issues. Mostly relating to the rails at their
riveted pivot and their electrical contacts through the frogs. I have had
to many cars catch the rail at the pivot, pick the points, and locs stall
out on the frogs. In fact, I have had more issues with the leading trucks on
my Marklin steam locs with Marklin turnouts than with MT. None of these
issues in un-fixable. Nothing a little filing or tweaking of the frog
contacts couldn't fix. But, out of the 12 turnouts on my old starter layout, I had
to file 5 of them to get the steamers and PZ hoppers to pass through them
without issue. So, I don't know how well suited they are for beginners,
either. I'm not saying that to criticize Marklin. Like you said, they did an
amazing thing, just getting them to work. But, the turnouts weren't all
flowers and sunshine. Back in 2000, the Internet rescued my Z experience. I
found multiple articles and postings about common problems with the turnouts
and how to fix them. Without that, I would probably be in N scale, right now.
As for MT turnouts, are they perfect? No, but if a beginner picks up an MT
starter set and track expansion kit, they will have very few problems. They
will not have to worry about isolated tracks, they will be forced to set
the switches properly on their sidings, and it will be a good, gentle
In a message dated 8/1/2009 10:46:28 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
.......The marklin turnouts routed
power every which way. Also, though completely unprototypical, locomotives
push through turnouts set the wrong way. This is a very important fact for
beginners and those using manual turnouts at the end of yards and siding.
need to set the points, the trains would go through them. Ease of use...
functionality at it's best.
But MTL changed the rules. The turnouts do route power. There are dead
spots and engines can push through turnouts. This forces operators to set
on both sides of a siding..........
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